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I see that the IBM System x3750 M4 is a "4-socket" server. What does that mean? Does that mean that the server has 4 network ports? What is a "socket" in this context?

closed as off-topic by Wesley, Chris S Jul 16 '13 at 20:36

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about basic computer hardware and does not appear to be a questions a system administrator would ask. – Chris S Jul 16 '13 at 20:36
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    Yeah. I wondered too. "Professional capacity" with no idea what "socket" means these days, when a LOT of software is licensed per socket or per port and socket count / multisocket capability is the core of every mid range server. Me wonders whether this is a superuser that just went to the wrong place. – TomTom Jul 16 '13 at 20:45
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In this context a socket is a spot on the motherboard for a CPU. This has room for 4 CPUs total.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_socket

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that is cpu socket that you can put cpus in. so it means that you can have up to 4 cpus, though you can leave sockets empty and fewer.

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