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The broad introduction of multi-core processors made Symmetric MultiProcessing (SMP) environments mainstream. The additional cores can significantly increase software performance. However, their actual benefit depends on the operating system scheduler's capabilities, the system's workload, and the software's degree of concurrency. The load distribution on the available processors (or cores) strongly influences response times and throughput of software applications. Hence, understanding the operating system scheduler's influence on performance and scalability is essential for the accurate prediction of software performance (response time, throughput, and resource utilisation).
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