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STG Cross Platform Systems Performance
of your application. Decreasing response time, when high for this reason, might require more compute
capacity (e.g., more cores).
Contrasting these observations with shared-processor partitions, getting a task to execute there is
occasionally a two step process;
1. First dispatch a task to a virtual processor (which might itself introduce CPU queuing delays), then
2. Attach a Virtual Processor to a physical core to execute the task’s instruction stream; this can also
introduce a delay when there are too many active Virtual Processors contending for the available
To be more complete, when a task gets dispatched to a POWER7 Virtual Processor, the Virtual Processor
will be in one of the following states:
• Already active and attached to a core, executing fewer than four other tasks on an SMT4 core. The
new task gets to execute immediately here without delay.
• Already in an active state, but waiting for an available core (i.e., all of the shared-processor pool’s
cores already have Virtual Processors assigned). The new task dispatched to this Virtual Processor
waits because its Virtual Processor has to wait.
• In an inactive state (i.e., no tasks yet assigned there), the one newly dispatched task makes the Virtual
Processor active, but
o The newly active Virtual Processor gets immediately assigned to an available core (so the
new task gets to immediately execute),
o All of the shared-processor pool’s cores are busy (so the new task continues to wait to
You already know that tasks can experience queuing delays. Here you also see that for shared-processor
partitions there is a related effect which is a function of the over-subscription of active virtual processors
for the cores of the shared-processor pool.

Figure 3 - – Virtual Processors – Dispatching Partitions

POWER7 Logical Partitions