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The Basics of HyperThreading - The Basics of HyperThreading
Thu, December 19 2002 | 6:52PM | PermaLink Feedback?
There's been a lot of talk in the hardware community recently about the Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz processor, as it is the first processor in history to break the 3 GHz barrier (officially) and because it is the first desktop processor to support HyperThreading. So what exactly is HyperThreading, and what makes it so special? Before we answer that question, we first need a basic understanding of how a standard processor and software work together. Modern processors can only handle one instruction from one program at any given point in time. Each instruction that is sent to the processor is called a thread. What I mean is that even though it looks like you're multitasking with your computer (running more then one program at a time) you're really not .
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