Industrial Control DesignLine Blog
Multicore processors are going to be one of the biggest software challenges for this industry over the next few years. That simple message came through during many presentations during NIWeek, the annual gathering of National Instruments enthusiasts.
NI CEO James Truchard discussed the major challenges faced by software providers from Microsoft on down. It may take a decade before programmers truly take advantage of the benefits provided by CPUs with two or more cores.
Other NIWeek presenters noted that LabView is well suited to make the most of multicore chips. Demos showed that Real Time LabView offered slightly better performance than packages running under Windows. Truchard noted that LabView is inherently designed for parallel architectures.
Whether or not the LabView language will extend into new applications that use multicore chips remains to be seen. But the clear statement is that while multicore chips are definitely the future, getting the most from them will not be simple.