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Monday, December 17, 2007

Multi-core ahead of programmers

Source: NY Times

Technology
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: December 17, 2007
Newer computer chips with multiple processors require dauntingly complex software and programmers are having a hard time keeping up.


Off the cuff I'd think that living systems have the answer as anything with a brain is massively parallel.

One more quote from the article:

...He envisions modern chips that will increasingly resemble musical orchestras. Rather than having tiled arrays of identical processors, the microprocessor of the future will include many different computing cores, each built to solve a specific type of problem. A.M.D. has already announced its intent to blend both graphics and traditional processing units onto a single piece of silicon....


Whatever the answer it reasonable to me that whomever gets it right will lead the computer world and everyone else will be forced to follow.
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