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Samplitude/Sequoia & multi processors?


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Hi,

Does anyone know what level of support Samplitude/Sequoia has regarding dual/multi CPU's?

In particular what is the case with multithreading and how useful the new dual dual-core processor server motherboards would be for a serious Samp/Seq workstation?

Aparrently the soon to be released Nuendo 3.1 will be supporting dual dual-core CPU's. What's happening with Magix?

Thanks in advance to any replies.

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Guest Kraznet

Hi Charles .

Hi,

Does anyone know what level of support Samplitude/Sequoia has regarding dual/multi CPU's?

In particular what is the case with multithreading and how useful the new dual dual-core processor server motherboards would be for a serious Samp/Seq workstation?

Aparrently the soon to be released Nuendo 3.1 will be supporting dual dual-core CPU's.  What's happening with Magix?

Thanks in advance to any replies.

There is a topic about this in the user forum at the moment . According to Sebastion Gabler the Sequoia Sales & Product Specialist

- Quote :"Samplitude has multiple threads that work simultaneously (Playback, Recording, Graphics, Trackspeed). These clearly profit from more than one CPU".

Regards

Kraznet

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Hi Kraznet,

Thanks for your quick reply! I'm not a registered user yet but am looking at investing very soon in a pretty serious Sequoia system I could use instead of protools HD.

Until then I would appreciate any more info you (or anyone else) could pass on to me regarding this matter as I'm deep into researching the hardware side of the workstation.

Sebastion Gabler's comments are pretty broad and I would really like to know if dual dual-core (I'm planning for dual opteron 270/275) is a waste of money at the moment for Sequoia or if it is/will be used by the software and therefore will definitely boost performance?

Thanks again.

Charles

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Guest GTBannah

Hi, Charles,

I don't know what "Dual Core" means, but on the user site is is clearly stated gthat Samp/Seq supports Dual Proccesors and HyperThreading, so go for it .... :blink:

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Hi, Charles,

I don't know what "Dual Core" means, but on the user site is is clearly stated gthat Samp/Seq supports Dual Proccesors and HyperThreading, so go for it ....  :blink:

Hi GTBannah,

Yes I'm prety sure now that Samp/Seq supports dual (as in 2) processors but what I'm curious about is if it will utilise more than 2 processors?

What "dual core" means is basically two identical CPU's in one (but physically the same size as single core CPU) and having a dual dual-core MB basically means you can now have 2 of this type of CPU on it which will actually mean that you have four physical processors running at the same time!

So maybe the question should be whether Samp/Seq supports and would utilise more than two processors? I've been checking out the Nuendo hardware forum lately and there are plenty of guys there already setup with the new dual dual-core CPU systems basically waiting for the new 3.1 version of Nuendo which apparently will make use of all four CPU's. I'm also pretty sure Nuendo has supported multiple (as in more than 2) processors for quite a while but Steinberg are now working on specifically supporting the dual dual-cores and are testing at the moment and it looks like a very anticipated feature of N3.1 for the hardcore users.

Anyway, these dual dual core CPU's are still very high cost "bleeding edge" type thingys and I'm sure a dual single core opteron setup would be plenty powerful for a high end Sequoia system but seeing I'm about to invest some serious cash in this totally new setup and not being something I'm upgrading to, I just would like to be sure that I don't have to upgrade anytime too soon (if that's ever possible!).

In any case I'm definitely going the Sequoia route and the info I get regarding the CPU usage will only determine the amount I shell out initially for the hardware side of things. The MB I'm getting supports both dual single core as well as dual dual core so I most likely will go for single cores and upgrade at a later date when prices come down and also after I know for sure that Sequoia will be using all the power.

Thanks.

Charles

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Guest sebastian.gabler

Hello Charles,

the thread distribution of an application is being handled by the operating system. If an application is sufficiently multithreaded, it will also make use of more than 2 processors.

Given that, go for it. Only if you are one of the guys that change their computer every year, you could save the money this time, as full support of the new techology depends on many factors (chipsets and their drivers, OS issues, apllication optimisations) and will be propably given within the next 9 months.

BR,

Sebastian Gabler

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Hi Sebastian,

Thank you for your reply to my questions.

I'm definitely not one of the guys who changes the computer every year and I'm just trying to make the system last as long as possible by doing a lot of research into it before I commit to any spending.

There's quite a difference in price at the moment between single core and dual core (it's actually more than the expected twice the value) so if I'm not going to be using the extra power for another year or so, I would definitely prefer to upgrade (just the CPU's) when that time comes.

Thanks again for your repy and I will be asking about some more things which I'll do in seperate threads.

I've also just sent you an email and am looking forward to your reply.

Thanks,

Charles

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