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Bandwidth and Latency: An Introduction

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A high-level view of a critical component of system performance.
From the bygone debates over DDR vs. RDRAM to the current controversy over Apple's DDR implementations, one issue is commonly misunderstood in most discussions of memory technology: the nature of the relationship between bandwidth and latency. This article aims to give you a basic grasp of the complex and subtle interaction between bandwidth and latency, so that the next time you see bandwidth numbers quoted for a system you'll be able to better understand how those numbers translate into real-world performance.
 read more | mail this link | score:879 | -Ray, November 8, 2002 (Updated: September 27, 2003)
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