When to Use Spinning

Onload User Guide (UG1586)

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The optimal setting is dependent on the nature of the application. If an application is likely to find data soon after blocking, or the system does not have any other major tasks to perform, spinning can improve latency and bandwidth significantly.

In general, an application will benefit from spinning if the number of active threads is less than the number of available CPU cores. However, if the application has more active threads than available CPU cores, spinning can adversely affect application performance because a thread that is spinning (and therefore idle) takes CPU time away from another thread that could be doing work. If in doubt, it is advisable to try an application with a range of settings to discover the optimal value.