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CPU and Separation fo Tasks

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Hey, I hope this isn't in the wrong forum but sorry of it is. My question is: On a particular project I'm working on, I have one machine set up that is constantly receiving data (24/7) from a server and then it uses that live-stream of data and uses it for other analyatical purposes. The problem is since this computer is always receiving data non-stop, the analytical parts of the computer are really slow because of the networking overhead. I am planning to get another machine to seperate the networking/analytical tasks of the machine and have my 2nd machine be free of the networking overhead so it can operate on the data more effeciently. I was wondering what was the best way to set this up. I was thinking about having these two desktops hooked up to the same external hard drive(is this even possible?) and using some sort of multi processor programming with mutexes and such (I'm not that familiar with this) so both computers could work in unison with the same hard drive. My second thought would be to have two external hard drives (one for each computer) and as the networking computer receives the data and stores it in its hard drive, it reroutes it to the analytical computer's hard drive to be stored there but I'm not sure if this rerouting will cause the same overhead that I already have. Just wondering what would be your take on this issue and what are my options. Thanks for the help!

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Hrm, first a question. How can networking overhead slow down your system so much? Unless we're talking 1gbit/s or more, it shouldn't place a significant load on the CPU. (Unless you have a really lousy, possibly onboard, network adapter).

Second, best way I can think of to do what you say is to get a dual processor system. Either a dualcore CPU, or a motherboard that supports multiple CPU's.
The former is probably cheaper, and just as fast though.

I don't think you can hook multiple systems up to the same HD though.

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