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  • #16
    Re: Hex-Core Processors

    Rich, I haven't seen any software like that since the 80's, but I would most likely recommend NOT using it. One the one hand, unless you have a large adb, with hundreds of thousands of records, I doubt you will see any appreciable gain in performance. And on the other hand, if you do have large tables/files, then you will need a LOT of RAM drive memory.

    And in both cases you risk totally runining your tables if the system crashes.

    W7 32 should be able to see the same amount of memory XP 32 can see, unless the edition of W7 limits the memory it will let you use. W7 64 with a 64 bit chip and bus, however, should see beyond the 3 GIG 32 bit limit, again unless there is an edition limit.

    The other factor is the system itself. Often times a low end, very inexpensive system has limitations imposed from the motherboard.
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    • #17
      Re: Hex-Core Processors


      Thank you for your comments. When dealing with large amounts of data I would tend to agree with you on being absolutely sure about what you are doing before going forward. Since the topic of this discussion was headed in the direction of high speed computing for Alpha 5 it seemed appropriate to raise the question about mirroring and caching.

      I also remember those programs from the 80s. Ram disks used to be part of the DOS OS and managing memory beyond the 640K limit was most commonly done by QuarterDeck’s QEMM. I remember using disk caching but cannot remember what was used, other than it worked well. In a day or too it may come to me. Sometimes my memory is a bit slow.

      I have been using Alpha products since Keyworks and Aworks. I even bought a copy of RPL which was never used. I believe RPL stood for Rare Programing Language. The license number on the copy I purchased was 1024.

      Managing 32bit Windows memory above 3GB was a bit of a tangent to the discussion here. The solution mentioned in the previous post has worked well for me for over two months now with no system stability issues. I would not recommend using a RAM disk for ReadyBoost, but it can be used to generate a speed test. Just for fun here is the result from my Windows Event log for my RAM drive.

      The device (Unknown Unknown) is suitable for a ReadyBoost cache. The random read speed is 260744 KB/sec. The random write speed is 2160991 KB/sec.

      Yes, I know the read speed would be expected to be faster than the write speed.

      All the Best,



      • #18
        Re: Hex-Core Processors

        Hey guys,

        Here is an article on Microsoft's website about Windows 7.