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Marjan_P_
Beginner
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Dramatic Performance Increase - Intel Hyperthreading

Hi,

In Task Manager I was able to see in the lower left corner HT stepping:1->2->3 (these numbers were changing in real time while application was executing) This was right next to CPU usage:%, passed time : nn, Physical memory. Application was really aware of Hyperhreading and was utilizing it. After reformat I cannot restore this magic performance boost. 

System:
Intel processor (i3 3220)
Windows 8 Single Language.
 

 I see that OS is HT aware, but it seems that application after reformat is no longer aware or OS is not providing that information for the application.

I would appreciate further help.

 
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TimP
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We would need a lot more information to make specific comments.

Several of us observed optimum performance with win8.x in some situations by setting 3 threads or Cilk workers on the dual core HT CPU.  Under Intel OpenMP library, I generally get best result with 2 threads running on separate cores.

By reformat, do you mean you cleaned the disk and re-installed Windows?  Does it still report the 2 cores and 4 logicals on Task Manager Perforrmance view?

Marjan_P_
Beginner
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Tim,

 

It has 4 logicals in Task Manager. However there is no more that performance boost. HT stepping info is no longer in lower left corner of the Task Manager. Yes I reformatted and install windows.  Also professionals from whom I bought the PC restored everything as it was when I purchased it and still nothing.

 

One important thing:

When I bought that PC on first turn on I had to enter Windows Serial Number, following user name and password (personalization). I typed password fast so I made a mistake. Then I needed somehow to recover password/account. So on the other laptop with Vista (MSI, Intel Centrino processor) on it I downloaded some Windows Password Recovery. I made bootable USB using this program. Then I booted into USB on PC and made new account.  I don't know what else could be. This might unlocked that real time HT stepping feature. It perhaps added/unlocked new drivers/features. I had  a lot black screens going around after creating new account.

Those numbers from the HT stepping: 1->2->3 were changing automatically (I supposed that it was processor affinity change)  

Difference is dramatic (100-200% increase) in terms of responsiveness and overall user experience when this works.

 

Marjan_P_
Beginner
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I don't know how to optimize OS/cpu for multithreading and hyperthreading. I need help for that.  Just simple settings in BIOS and seeing 4 logical/2 cores is not enough for application to become aware of HT. Some core optimization in Windows is needed.

 

I would highly appreciate help on this.

Marjan_P_
Beginner
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Is there any way to optimize threading under windows?