CPU Socket

mattrgeemattrgee Member Posts: 201
What is being referred to by the word Socket? For instance, the VCP Exam Cram book says the following:

"If you have a single core, dual socket system without hyperthreading, for example, you have two HECs. If you have have a single core, quad socket, you then have for HECs."

Does socket = physical CPU?



  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    mattrgee wrote: »
    Does socket = physical CPU?

    You can think of it as that in this context. The socket is the physical part of the motherboard that the CPU interfaces with.

    CPU socket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 12,871 Admin
    Yes, a socket is the physical socket that you install a physical CPU in.

    The introduction of multi-core CPUs really threw pricing for a loop for software packages that charged "per CPU" rather than "per machine," "per user/seat," or "per MHz." Server motherboards can have multiple sockets with each CPU installed having one or more cores. Software vendors therefore needed to re-price their products based on either "per socket" on the motherboard or "per core" installed in the machine. Obviously, "per socket" pricing is easier to control, because the number of cores in a machine could change at each reboot, while the number of sockets never changes (unless you swap the motherboard).
  • mattrgeemattrgee Member Posts: 201
    Gotcha, I was convinced it was more complicated!

    Thanks for the help.

    Having read some very dry Cisco books recently, the VCP Exam Cram by Elias Khnaser is a refreshing change for anyone looking for a good text.
  • bertiebbertieb Member Posts: 1,031 ■■■■■■□□□□
    mattrgee wrote:
    the VCP Exam Cram by Elias Khnaser is a refreshing change for anyone looking for a good text.

    Couldn't agree more, really enjoying this book myself.
    The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they are genuine - Abraham Lincoln
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