Macintosh FM server vs. NT FM server 
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 Macintosh FM server vs. NT FM server

You dont specify which version of FMP you are using.

I have run FMP 4.1 client on a MP NT box and watched the processor usage of
each processor.Only one showed any use.I would expect the same from Server
V3.FMP5 is , I understand , a completely different codebase and will probably
be different.
It would probably benefit you if you specified what the specific performance
problems were.

Rod

Quote:

> Greetings:

> I've come on board as an admin. at an organization that has a significant
> investment in Filemaker development.  The client side is both PC and Mac and
> back end server is all Mac. We have performance issues that need to be
> resolved.

> I have not followed the Mac market closely in recent years, but is it true
> that Mac OS9 is _NOT_ a multi-threaded OS?

> I know NT is multithreaded so should I not expect an immediate performance
> boost just by running my FM server code on a multi CPU NT server box?

> I've been to FM website and they claim FM is multi-threaded,  but I know the
> database world from other vendors their website is very slim on technical
> detail. For instance is the client side (specifically PC code)
> multithreaded?

> Any and all comments are welcome.

> Many thanks.



Fri, 08 Nov 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Macintosh FM server vs. NT FM server


Quote:

> I have not followed the Mac market closely in recent years, but is it true
> that Mac OS9 is _NOT_ a multi-threaded OS?

This is partially true. The core OS is not but the services are and FileMaker
Pro Server for Mac OS makes heavy use of the Mac OS Thread Manager.

Quote:
> I know NT is multithreaded so should I not expect an immediate performance
> boost just by running my FM server code on a multi CPU NT server box?

Multi-threaded and multi-cpu are two different things.  An application can be
enabled for one or the other or both.  FileMaker Server is NOT multiple CPU
aware at this time. However since NT is it might get some measure of speed from
the availability of the second processor.  However since FileMaker is still a
client side heavy application you may not see any significant improvement. The
only way to really tell is to test your particular database.

Quote:
> I've been to FM website and they claim FM is multi-threaded,  but I know the
> database world from other vendors their website is very slim on technical
> detail. For instance is the client side (specifically PC code)
> multithreaded?

The client is NOT multi-threaded.  The Server is.  The server can deal with
requests from users simultaniously however each client awaits the server's
response before continuing.  FileMaker does use a local cache model to minumize
the back and forth from the server when appropriate.  The actual wait for a
given record set is minumal.

Quote:
> Any and all comments are welcome.

Internal benchmarks have seen no significant difference between Mac Servers and
Windows Servers. Often it's a difference either way 5-10% when hardware is
equal. So go with what you feel more comfortable supporting.

A much bigger factor in database performance is in the design.  The fastest
server will not be able to make up for a fundemetally bad design while a good
design can sing on an otherwise mundane server.

Jeff



Sat, 09 Nov 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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