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LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.6 - Integration with TSM Guide

Processor Affinity

You can specify which processors LiteSpeed can use for the backup/restore process. They can be the same or different from the processor affinity for SQL Server.

In wizards, access the advanced options. Click to select which processors LiteSpeed can use. The default is 0, which allows LiteSpeed to use all available system processors.

Or you can use the affinity parameter with the LiteSpeed extended stored procedures or command-line utilities. For more information, see About Using the Command-Line Interface.

Processor affinity designates specific processors to run LiteSpeed, while not allowing LiteSpeed to run on the remaining processors.

This argument accepts decimal values and hexadecimal values. If a value begins with "0x" it is interpreted as hexadecimal. A positive 64-bit integer value translates to a binary mask where a value of 1 designates the corresponding processor to be able to run the LiteSpeed process.

NOTE: 32-bit Windows is internally limited to a 32-bit mask.

For example, you need to select processors 2, 3, and 6 for use with LiteSpeed. Number the bits from the right to left. The rightmost bit represents the first processor. Set the second, third, and sixth bits to 1 and all other bits to 0. The result is binary 100110, which is decimal 38 or hexadecimal 0x26. Review the following for additional information:

Decimal Value

Binary Bit Mask

Allow LiteSpeed Threads on Processors

0 0 All (default)






1 and 2

7 111 1, 2 and 3



2, 3, and 6

205 11001101 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8

Tip: Before you start tuning the CPU Throttle or Affinity parameters to adjust backup performance, try limiting the number of threads. If you decide to use an affinity value other than default, it is recommended that you limit the threading as well. You may also want to consider using Adaptive Compression to maintain backup performance. For more information, see Adaptive Compression.


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