Should You Disable Hyper-Threading?

Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT), also known as Hyper-Threading, exposes two logical CPU cores for every physical CPU core. It does this by sharing computational units of the physical CPU core between the two virtual CPU cores. If neither of the paired cores needs to use the same CPU resources, then they can run simultaneously. This allows […]

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Quit using Registry Cleaners!

Useless Registry Cleaners

So, you use a registry cleaner. Well, that’s fine, none of us wants to be ‘dirty’ and supposedly these tools will clean up your registry. Let’s do some analysis. When Microsoft designed Windows they realized that they would need a shared store for OS and application options. This store would need to support both the […]

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Mysql performance issues? Try this.

I manage all of Bitsum’s network infrastructure, and became discouraged when I saw that some recent changes (we are migrating to the cloud like everyone else) caused spikes in mysqld CPU consumption. I traced it down to a configuration variable that defaults to a surprisingly small number (8Mb). If you have a large site and […]

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Windows Power Profile CPU Options for Skylake

Core Parking Under the Intel Skylake Generation – .REG file to Unhide settings

Since these newer Intel processors take over control of core parking from the OS, they have different power management options. As we work to fully support the latest hardware, we’ve created a .REG file to unhide these options. The most important, arguably, is the basic ON/OFF switch to either use ‘autonomous’ core parking controlled by […]

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