Getting Started with Dedicated CPUs
Updated by Linode Written by Ryan Syracuse
This guide will serve as a brief introduction into what a Dedicated CPU Linode is and how to add one to your Linode account. Review our Use Cases for Dedicated CPUs guide for more information about the tasks that work well on this instance type.
What is a Dedicated CPU Linode?
In contrast with a Shared Linode, which gives you access to shared virtual CPU cores, a Dedicated CPU Linode offers entire physical CPU cores that are accessible only by your instance. Because your cores will be isolated to your Linode, no other Linodes can schedule processes on them, so your instance will never have to wait for another process to complete its execution, and your software can run at peak speed and efficiency.
While a Shared Linode is a good fit for most use cases, a Dedicated CPU Linode is recommended for a number of workloads related to high, sustained CPU processing, including:
- CI/CD toolchains and build servers
- CPU-intensive game servers, like Minecraft or Team Fortress
- Audio and video transcoding and streaming
- Big data and data analysis
- Scientific Computing
NoteFor more information on Dedicated CPU use cases, see our Use Cases for Dedicated CPU Instances.
Deploying a Dedicated CPU Linode
Log in to the Linode Cloud Manager.
Click on the Create dropdown menu at the top left of the page, and select the Linode option.
Choose the region where you would like your Linode to reside. If you’re not sure which to select, see our How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network route between you and each of our data centers.
At the top of the Linode Plan section, click on the Dedicated CPU tab and select the Dedicated CPU plan you would like to use.
Enter a label for your new Linode under the Linode Label field.
Enter a strong root password for your Linode in the Root Password field. This password must be at least six characters long and contain characters from at least two of the following categories:
- lowercase letters
- uppercase letters
- punctuation characters
NoteYou will not be prompted to enter a root password if you are cloning another Linode or restoring from the Linode Backups service.
Click the Create button when you have finished completing this form. You will be redirected to the overview page for your new Linode. This page will show a progress bar which will indicate when the Linode has been provisioned and is ready for use.
See our Getting Started guide for help with connecting to your Linode for the first time and configuring the software on it. Then visit the How to Secure Your Server guide for a collection of security best practices for your new Linode.
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