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I really hate these descriptions of SMT as some kind of violation of the natural relationship between CPU frontend and backend. The idea that there is a “physical core” and a “logical core” does not map to reality.





The idea that there is a “physical core” and a “logical core” does not map to reality.

This is the terminology that Intel itself uses in its documentation to describe its products, though. To be fair, they say "physical processor" and "logical processor", not "core".




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