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What “Multi-Core” and “Hyper-Threading” Mean for eDiscovery

Litigation What “Multi-Core” and “Hyper-Threading” Mean for eDiscovery

The heartbeat of any computer hardware is the processor, that incredibly powerful microchip-powered brain of the machine. For legal professionals, advancements in the power of processing technology are now translating into tangible benefits when it comes to running eDiscovery software applications.

Today’s new eDiscovery software products are able to perform much faster imports of documents by taking full advantage of two specific advancements in computer processing technology:  multi-core and hyper-threaded.

Multi-Core Means Faster Processing

In the past, most computers had one single processor core to do all the work required on the machine. Today, virtually all desktops, laptops and servers in operation are running on processors that are powered by multiple cores.

Multi-core processing gives software developers the opportunity to expand the capability of their products. With only one core, a computer can only work on one task at a time, having to complete a task before it moves onto another. With more cores, however, a computer can work on multiple tasks at once.

“Multi-core processing allowed us to build an eDiscovery import engine that is lightning-fast because it can perform different functions at one time,” explained Wil Cummings, product manager for the Concordance Desktop product, a newly released software product from LexisNexis. “For example, this technology makes it possible for an eDiscovery application to do near-native rendering of an image, OCR of a document, text extraction and database importing all at the same time.”

Hyper-Threading Means Simultaneous Tasks

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) is a proprietary microprocessor that “uses processor resources more efficiently, enabling multiple threads to run on each core,” according to Intel. Hyper-Threading technology creates two “virtual processing cores” for each physical core, creating a robust processing brain with different threads that share the responsibility of task processing.

Hyper-Threading is an important advancement in computer processing technology because it increases the overall throughput that is possible on a machine. This allows users to run demanding applications simultaneously, while still maintaining system responsiveness to individual task operations.

“By taking advantage of hyper-threading processor technology, we were able to build an eDiscovery review application that allows users to work on other matters even while the system is importing records into the database,” said Cummings. “This ability to multi-task translates into huge efficiencies and time savings for litigation professionals.”

For a demonstration of how Multi-Core and Hyper-Threading technology is being leveraged to perform faster eDiscovery, please click (the all new) LexisNexis litigation solutions page.

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Note: This post is by Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line based in the LexisNexis Raleigh Technology Center.

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