Consider the following problem:
We have a simple queueing system with $\lambda%$ - probabilistic intensity of queries per some predefined time interval.
Now, we can arrange the system as a single high-end server ($M/M/1$, which can handle the queries with the intensity of $2\mu$) or as two low-end servers ($M/M/2$, each server working with intensity of $\mu$).
So, the question is - which variant is better in terms of overall performance?
I suspect that it's the first one, but, unfortunately, my knowledge of queuing / probability theory isn't enough.