Taylor Kidd

Advanced Computer Concepts For The (Not So) Common Chef: Terminology Pt 1

Before we start, I will use the next two blogs to clear up some terminology. If you are familiar with these concepts, I give you permission to jump to the next section.  I suggest any software readers still check out the other blog about threads. There is a lot of confusion, even among us software professionals.

Advanced Computer Concepts For The (Not So) Common Chef: Introduction

While talking to a very intelligent but non-engineer colleague, I found myself needing to explain the threading and other components of the Intel® Xeon Phi™ ⅹ100 and ⅹ200 architectures. The first topic that came up was hyper-threading, and more specifically, the coprocessor’s version of hyper-threading. Wracking my brain, I finally hit upon an analogy that seemed to suit: the common kitchen.

Power Management: So what is this policy thing?

Unlike a lot of previous recent blogs, this series is about power management in general. At the very end of the series, I’ll write specifically about the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.

I have talked incessantly over the years about power states (e.g. P-states and C-states), and how the processor transitions from one state to another. For a list of previous blogs in this series, and well as other related blogs on power and power management, see the article at [List0]. But I have left out an important component of power management, namely the policy.

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