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Monitoring/controlling Intel Turbo Boost in Linux

Is there a nice way to monitor and/or control Intel Turbo Boost technology on Nehalem processors from a Linux host? I'm looking to do this RHEL/CentOS 5.5 hosts running stock or Realtime MRG kernels. ...
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Two Dual Core vs. One Quad Core

For an Intel based system keeping the number of cores constant how much difference would there be between two dual core processors and one quad core processor? We run Oracle OLTP databases on two ...
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IOAT enabled but not being used with Linux?

On our R610s with igb version 4.1.2 I do see the ioatdma module loading (and loaded with lsmod): ioatdma: Intel(R) QuickData Technology Driver 4.00 ioatdma 0000:00:16.0: irq 80 for MSI/MSI-X ioatdma ...
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Are Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Processors Server-Grade?

Many web hosting companies are now offering Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors under "cheap dedicated hosting." But my laptop has an Intel core i3 processor, which makes it more likely a desktop processor ...
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Does DDR3-800 RAM even exist?

I purchased 4 Intel Xeon E5506 processors and a couple of SuperMicro barebones servers from Newegg. Based on everything I saw on Newegg, I thought that I could purchase 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM. I was ...
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Enabling VMware EVC on Westmere E5645 CPU only accepts “Nehalem” mode

Take the following system, a Supermicro VMware ESXi host with Intel Westmere E5645 CPUs. Part of our deployment process is to set the appropriate Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC) level for the ...
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Any trade-offs involved with enabling Intel vPro?

Does enabling vPro disable or conflict with any other functionality? I'm configuring a Dell Precision T1600 workstation. It will be added to a small network with one server and two desktops: CentOS ...
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How do I manage PCs with vPro?

I ordered some new PCs with Intel vPro enabled on them, but now that I have them I'm not sure how to use it. I found some old websites about using Altiris and Microsoft SMS but those are expensive ...
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Life span of Pentium computers

I was given the task to determine the life span of a computer with a Pentium 1 processor. One of our clients is unwilling to upgrade their computers in order for our software to run and we are ...
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Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - Exceeded Number of Supported Devices?

I am working on a project which utilises 18 high-end DSLR cameras, connected to a PC via USB. During development the system was running USB2 will no problems whatsover but when we moved to a system ...
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Intel Atom 330 as a server machine [closed]

That's the processor I'm thinking about getting for a home server / development machine. Going for $80 as intel motherboard + dual core processor combo is a really tempting deal. What I'm planning to ...
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cat /proc/cpuinfo shows 3.00GHz model but 1400.000 cpu MHz?

I ran this command on ssh to see CPU info: cat /proc/cpuinfo And it says: ... vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 15 model : 4 model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3....
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Intel AMT - enable vnc via linux

All our old servers have supermicro boards and we used IPMI to make out-of-band managment. Mostly we used it for shutdown/restart and sometimes change some settings via the sol/kvm console. As it ...
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How to improve Intel X520-DA2 10Gb NIC throughput without Jumbo packets

Here's what I have done so far: Using more Rx/Tx buffers boosts performance the most from defaults. I set RSS Queues to 4 on each adapter, and specified starting RSS CPU on the second port to ...
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ESXi 5.5, slow network speed when writing to guests

This is an issue that has been bugging me for a lot time with ESXi. I had the issue with my old Dell server (ESXi 5.0 and 5.5) and even with my new Dell T20 (ESXi 5.5). For the current issue at hand I ...
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CentOS not detecting Intel 10G (ixgbe) interface

I have a server with CentOS 6.5 installed with 2x 1Gbps Ethernet Cards, I have added a new interface (Intel(R) 10 Gigabit PCI Express Network) but the problem. is the system is not detecting the ...
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Intel NIC X540-T1 non-functional in Ubuntu Server 12.04

I have installed three Intel X540-T1's in servers running Ubuntu Server 12.04, but all are non-functional, no link lights, no packets sent or received, and no connection on ip4 or ip6 whether set up ...
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Need a solution to stop students from rotating screen on laptops with intel graphics

We have some students who have figured out how to rotate the screen using either the hotkey combination or right click context menu. It's easy to fix but it's time consuming because no matter how many ...
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USB drive not detected in Intel EFI shell

I must update an Intel S3420GPLC board. BIOS, BMC, FRU / SDR, the whole thing. Everything is pretty much automated in the Intel download. You're supposed to boot to the integrated EFI shell, mount ...
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For Intel Core 2 Duo, should I upgrade my x32 with x64 Linux? [closed]

I understand that the Core 2 Duo is a 64-bit processor, while Core Duo is a 32-bit processor. Let me know if my understanding is wrong. My Linux server, with the Core 2 Duo E8400, is currently ...
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32 core (each physical core) 2.2 GhZ or 12 core (6 physical cores) 3.0GHZ? [closed]

I am working on a multithreaded application (Forex trading app built on C#) and had the client upgrade from the 12 core 3.0GHZ machine (Intel) to a 32 core 2.2 Ghz machine (AMD). The PassMark ...
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The same driver for multiple network cards — performance bottleneck?

I'm using driver e1000e for multiple Intel network cards (Intel EXPI9402PT, based on 82571EB chip). The problem is that when I'm trying to utilize maximum speed (1GB) on more than one interface, speed ...
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Scalability 1-way. What does it mean?

I have read "Scalability: 1-way" in the specifications of a server. What does it means? The server is : HP ProLiant ML110 G6 TV X3430 2.40GHz 4-core 1P 1GB-U Non-hot Plug 250GB SATA LFF 300W PS
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DDR3 10600 memory running at 533mhz

I bought a second-hand HP ProLiant DL160 G6 a year ago with 48GB configured in it. I discovered checking with cpu-z and doublechecked with speccy the memory runs at only 533Mhz. I checked the ...
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HP DL360p with Intel E5-2630 NUMA Capable?

I couldn't find any information via search to determine this via the Intel or HP website. Can you enable NUMA nodes on this? How can you tell the side of each node if so? Is it always best practice to ...
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Can I safely mix RAM (ECC) sizes in a server board?

I have a server (actually used as workstation) with a Supermicro X8DA6 motherboard, with 2 installed Intel X5650 processors. It uses ECC RAM. It currently has 6 Kingston KVR1333D3D8R9S/4GHB dimms ...
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Confused about Intel vPro/AMT technlogies

I'm a bit confused about Intel vPro/AMT and processors/motherboards supporting these features. If I install an Intel i3 processor - a CPU not vPro compatible - on a motherboard compatible with these ...
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How does an Intel vPro based computer maintain IP connectivity?

As I understand an Intel vPro based computer can be powered on remotely without the use of a 'magic packet', the management controller is sitting in a low powered state listening on specific ports. ...
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Linux tool to reset Intel X25 SSDs wear leveling tables?

I'm aware of the DOS utility to "Reset" an Intel SSD to factory settings, but I'd rather not shut down my system to do this to my SSDs. Supposedly newer kernels support TRIM, but I haven't found any ...
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Network booting from PXE

I need to use a network boot server. However, the DHCP Server is pointing to the wrong boot image filename and server. I can't change the DHCP Server itself, since that is controlled by another ...
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Best practice to disable SpeedStep for Hyper-V hosts?

I'm analyzing a problem where performance of CPU-bound workloads inside virtual machines often (not always) is way below what we would expect based on the underlying hardware. We're using Hyper-V on ...
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Virtualization without Vt-d

Is it still possible to run virtualization software like Virtualbox on processors that don't support Vt-d? I understand that they won't have direct access to the peripheral hardware like video ...
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Help identifying XEON processor

I have an old server with an Intel XEON Processor. I have been trying to identify which exact version it is with no luck. I tried various tools but all they do is give you some info about the ...
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Intel e1000e Stuck at 10Mbps

This is a brand new SuperMicro X9SCL-F with an Intel 82579LM adapter and a fresh install of CentOS 6.2 with cPanel. I am stuck at 10MBPS, I've tried everything. I've installed the latest 1.95 driver ...
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ESXi RAID on Intel ICH10R

I have an Asuse P8P67 motherboard with onboard intel RAID controller, I'v configured a RAID 0 in "intel rapid storage - option rom" but ESXi installation wizard shows the physical disks only not RIAD ...
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Supermicro NICs gone after BIOS update

Just updated the BIOS of two Supermicro 1022G-URFs to R3.5. They've both the mainboard H8DGU-F with two onboard Intel 82576 NICs. One of the two Supermicros doesn't have any visible NICs at all after ...
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debian 6 losing a large amount of packets

I have a rather strange problem. We covered all the obvious hardware related issues (different nic, eth cable and switch) however I cannot seem to stop eth dropping packets. I have 4 servers all ...
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Does Intel vPro work via add-on NICs?

We're currently using Dell OptiPlex workstations with the Intel vPro feature. A remote location is requiring their computers be connected via fibre for security reasons. This will require us to ...
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Number of TX and RX Buffers in Windows Server 2008 R2

I have noticed both broadcom and Intel NICs allow you tune the number of transmit and receive buffers (A Higher number of buffers will cause more memory usage). How do these buffers work: What is ...
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How to scan network for intel vpro computers?

Ive seen an example in the docs of Intel AMT SDK but it takes so long to tell me that is there 1 intel vpro pc in my network and it doesnt tell me the name or ip address of that pc. Is there a way to ...
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How common are Intel igb NIC drivers/cards, compared to Intel e1000, etc.?

I'm troubleshooting VMware ESXi host network and connectivity issues stemming from the use of Intel NICs who require the igb driver. The chipset is Intel Corporation 82576. VMware has a few ...
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Intel NIC: VMDc or VMDq?

I need to buy a nic that I want to eventually (~3 months) re-use for a VM server deployment that will need to support heavy network I/O. Server is a Xeon Gulftown/Westmere-EP. Intel has server NICs ...
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Investigating a potential CPU failure

On a Ubuntu server that I am using for computations I have recently observed that some CPU extensive programs (GUROBI,CPLEX) often segfault. Being in correspondence with tech support of the ...
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Running Two Intel x5355 CPU with different spec numbers on same motherboard

I have S5000PAL motherboard with latest bios and x5355 with SLAEG spec installed. I was wondering if I would put the in x5355 with SL9YM spec into second processor socket would it work? Both ...
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Help me make sense:VLAN, Hyper-V, Intel VMLB

I have serious problems getting VLANS working on a Hyper-V host with an Intel network card. The hardware: A router / switch (linux software bridge) which is a Mikrotik 1100 AH, Router OS 5.1 A ...
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Enabling Disk Encryption on DC S 3700?

I have a server running Debian stable with two 100GB Intel DC S 3700 drives in a Linux MD RAID 1. According to Intel, these drives support 256-bit AES encryption and I would like to encrypt the data ...
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Can one SSD replace a pair of mirrored drives?

I have various firewall/router/utility type boxes that do not require much if any storage for their primary purpose other than booting. But I do like to be able to put a more or less standard CentOS/...
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CentOS 5.3 Installed on INTEL all files show as AMD

Random possible issue I can't seem to find a quick answer too. I've installed CentOS 5.3 on an Intel Xeon system, however all installed binaries show AMD arch along with all custom source bins showing ...
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How does intel RAID Keys work on intel server motherboard and how do we set up hardware RAID?

We are looking to purchase an intel S2600GZ with two Xeons for a new server. We would like to run a setup of 12 disks, as the barebones we are looking at support up to 12. The idea is to run the ...
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What is good about Intel Vt-d technology for direct IO? [closed]

I'm interested in 2 CPUs ( or I should APUs ? ) the main difference between this 2 units it's the presence of a Vt-d feature that Intel names "Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)"....