Quad Processors for Linux

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Postposted on Fri Jan 18, 2002 4:16 pm

Ok I know linux will suport dual procs. out of the box but what about 4 or more?
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Postposted on Fri Jan 18, 2002 4:23 pm

I believe I remember reading in the kernel docs that it will support up to 32 procs. But it's been a while since I read that.
Nope, just checked SMP.txt in the 2.2.16 kernel docs and it says it supports up to 16. I don't have a 2.4 kernel handy to see what it says.
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Postposted on Fri Jan 18, 2002 5:23 pm

Quad and higher is supported excellently. Far better than WinNT, IMHO, since Linux does not radically increase in price for quad CPU support. :smile:
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Postposted on Sat Jan 19, 2002 6:37 pm

Alright yeah I knew they could what I meant though is do they support it without any extra configuration on your part? IE would quad support be setup after going through a standard RedHat install?
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Postposted on Sun Jan 20, 2002 1:06 am

Absolutely. All you ahve to do is make sure SMP support is compiled into the kernel. Every distro I know of comes with an SMP kernel, it may be autoselected at install or you may get a choice.

If you install and then go SMP, a kernel recompile is not brain surgery.
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