The Linux Scheduler And How It Handles More Cores

Sometimes you read an article headline and you find yourself re-reading it a few times before diving into the article. This was definitely the case for a recent blog post by [The HFT Guy], where the claim was made that the Linux kernel has for fifteen years now been hardlocked into not scheduling for more than 8 cores. Obviously this caused a lot of double-checking and context discovery on both Hacker News and the Level 1 Techs forum. So what is going on exactly? Did the Linux developers make an egregious error more than a decade ago that has crippled Linux performance to this day?

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