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CS gets with parallel program

3/21/2008 07:00 AM EDT
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re: CS gets with parallel program
Xenozen   3/22/2008 12:56:06 PM
I agree, an excellent article Rick. I have been following your articles on parallel programming crisis. Have you seen this http://www.infoquanta.com?

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Mapou   3/21/2008 7:58:59 PM
Wow! Kudos to Rick Meritt for this well researched and comprehensive article. I hope EETimes continues to pound on the parallel programming/multicore issue because it is the most pressing issue facing the computer industry today. There is a lot at stake here and the leaders of the processor industry have already gambled heavily on multithreading being the future basis of the parallel computing. Their research efforts is mostly concerned with finding a way to make multithread programming easy. That is too bad, in my opinion, because it is obvious to anybody with a modicum of logic that multithreading has already failed and it has failed miserably. Researchers in parallel and high performance computing have tried in vain for over 20 years to make thread-based programming easy. 20 years is a long time in this business. I think that Intel and AMD are making a colossal mistake and I hoepe the researchers at Berkeley have enough courage to tell them that they are full of it. There is a better way to do parallel programming but it will require a reinvention of the computer, both software and hardware. 150 years after Charles Babbage came up with his idea of a general purpose sequential computer, it is time to move on and change to a new computing paradigm. If necessary, the computer industry will be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st centrury. To find out why multithreading is not part of the future of parallel computing click on the link below. Nightmare on Core Street: http://rebelscience.blogspot.com/2008/03/nightmare-on-core-street.html

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