Quiz: Which Processor Do I Need?

 
 
By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2003-09-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Does your application need 64-bit processing?


1. We can easily compile and optimize the application we want to deploy for 64-bit processing.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

2. Others have used this or a similar application successfully on 64-bit platforms.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

3. Floating-point calculations comprise a large part of what the application does.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

4. The application sometimes needs to hold more than 4 GB of memory on the processor at a given time.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

5. Our technology staff has experience working with 64-bit platforms.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

6. The number of users or transactions for this application could increase rapidly to reach volumes that we cant predict.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

7. The application incorporates a security gateway that must process complex encryption algorithms instantaneously.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

8. Multithreading isnt fast enough; we need a platform that can run queries in parallel.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

9. Its quite likely that we will soon need a server with more than eight processors.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.

10. Our applications are highly specialized or technical.
TRUE
FALSE
1. 2.





 
 
 
 
David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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