RE: Cup processing & unpredictability (was Re: MEDIA: Natasha in Mean Magazine)

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu Apr 05 2001 - 10:30:22 MDT

Emlyn wrote,
> I find that memory fragmentation and cup load are quite entangled...
> fragmentation decreases with cup load, but then a full cup can re-fragment
> memory if you are not careful. Cup processor speed tends to increase as
> cup processor (that's me) decreases the cup load, in the hope of
> memory fragmentation. This whole process speeds up if there is excessive
> disk fragmentation, because cup processing accelerates whilst running
> scandisk. This in turn can lead to excessive cup reloading, and eventual
> refragmentation of memory even as cup processor speed increases.

Your message is a great example of unpredictability. I don't think you
really sent out a message talking extensively about cup load. I think your
spellchecker changed the word cpu to cup throughout. Even with a simple
e-mail program, we can't really be sure that what one types is what gets

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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