Windows XP multiprocessor/core support

How to add support of multi-core/multiprocessor support to Windows XP SP3?

Run this in command line:

rundll32 syssetup,SetupInfObjectInstallAction ACPIAPIC_MP_HAL 128 %windir%\inf\hal.inf

This command replace single-core kernel to multi-core kernel without reinstalling Windows. You should be required to confirm driver installation and to reboot twice.

Sorted map vs hashed map

In theory, hash map structure should be very fast on retrieving by key operations, close to O(1) like for an array. A sorted map (keys are sorted) should be O(log2 N) instead. The following test checks the difference.

Common scenario

We will use one tester class per type of tested structure. The keys are string[10] and are generated randomly in prepared array to avoid additional checks whether the key exists or not.

Interface implementations and multiple inheritance in C++

Multiple inheritance of interfaces which are pure abstract classes indeed is not a problem until you need to use the interface implementation in other classes.

Suppose there are two interfaces, the implementation of which will be used in other classes.

Delphi and Free Pascal bencmark: array vs TList vs dynamic array

Let's perform a simple benchmark testing the random and sequential access to arrays and lists. I would like to compare:

  • static array with predefined size (allocated on stack)
  • TList container class (allocated on heap)
  • dynamic array (allocated on heap)
  • generic Delphi TList or Free Pascal TFPGList (allocated on heap)

I use an array/list of 10M elements of integer and varaint data type. You can change the type definition in "type" section if need to test other cases.

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