[mythtv] What's best for MythTV - Uniprocessor Athlon XP 2100 or two Athlon MP 1500s?

Isaac Richards mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Tue, 12 Nov 2002 16:29:50 -0500

On Tuesday 12 November 2002 10:55 am, Dan Schwarz wrote:
> So I'm assembling my mythTV box and I'd like some input from folks who
> have real world experience using these. I expect to have only one TV
> tuner card, at least to start (Radeon 7500 AIW).  Is it worthwhile to
> get a multiprocessor box - will mythTV make use of both CPUs effectively?
> If I get the uniprocessor box, can I expect to use the box for any other
> purpose while mythTV is doing a simultaneous encode + decode? (i.e. run
> Emacs via remote SSH session, run OpenOffice in a VNC session , etc.)
> Thanks for any input you can provide.

There's currently thread-saftey issues in libavcodec, so I had to lock all 
access to the library behind a single lock.  So, SMP doesn't currently gain 
you any large improvements, but that may change in the future.