Was Collecting SBUs now, Fast compile engines

Björn Lindberg d95-bli.no at spam.nada.kth.se
Sat Jun 8 00:59:26 PDT 2002


Jesse Tie-Ten-Quee wrote:
> 
> Yo,
> 
> On Fri, Jun 07, 2002 at 11:35:12PM +0200, Bj?rn Lindberg wrote:
> > You forgot 0) CPU speed, which is the most important factor, IMO. Of
> > course, we could argue about the significance of CPU speed versus CPU
> > cache speed/size, but it is not very fruitful, since faster (more
> > modern) processors generally come with faster/larger caches.
> 
> Uh.. k, I'm not a hardware guy.  I know enough to get by and prefer the
> software end of computers.  However there are certain things you pick up
> after a while and one of them is that after a while CPU Mhz/speed is
> irrelavent.
> 
> There are two major things i've noticed that can _really_ make a
> difference, at least if we are talking x86...
> 
> HDs.  It's problably the one major component of today's PCs which is
> still seriously lacking and [imho] has not kept up with everything else.

Yes, for ordinary office use and the like, the CPU is more than enough
in today's computer. The bottlenecks are elsewhere, like HDD speed.

We were discussing compiling specifically though, one area where CPU
speed still matters very much. Cache is very important too, as you
exemplify below.


Björn
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