Tim Bradshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| Paul Wallich <p...@panix.com> wrote:
| > The big question is whether inefficient use of cores is a bad thing.
| It's a bad thing because it's making poor use of expensive silicon.
And even poorer use of all that extra leakage current
[excess heat, a.k.a. wasted electricity]. As the cores get
smaller & smaller, the idle power becomes a larger and larger
fraction of the full-out running power. So fewer cores used
more efficiently means more computations/kW-hr than many
cores used less efficiently, even if the computations/hr
happens to be the same.
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