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Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer

3/9/2010 09:00 PM EST
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re: Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
Mapou   3/9/2010 11:45:01 PM
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The [you] in my comment above is a mistake. I inadvertently discovered that putting brackets around a word turns it into a link. Sorry.

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Mapou   3/9/2010 11:36:28 PM
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Excellent interview, Rick. Thacker's response to your last question is what caught my attention: - "You have to have parallel computers before [you] can figure out ways to program them, but you have to have parallel programs before you can build systems that can run them well." - I doubt very much that this is a chicken and egg problem for the industry. It's really a case of last century's computing paradigms getting in the way of finding a solution. You don't need parallel programs to design a good parallel processor. You need a good parallel software model. The industry does not have one and, judging by what's being done at various labs around the world (including Microsoft Research), it's not going to have one anytime soon. - The industry's chosen approach to parallelism is multithreading, an ancient programming method that was not originally devised with true parallelism in mind. Multithreading is woefully inadequate and wrong-headed, as everybody in this business should have realized by now. If you don't believe me, go ask Prof. Edward Lee at UC Berkeley. He knows. - Neither BEE-3 nor Beehive is going to help solve the problem, sorry. What is really amazing in all of this is that the solution to the parallel computing crisis is not rocket science and has been pretty much staring everybody in the face for decades. - My advice to Mr. Thacker and to the folks at Microsoft Research is to Google "How to Solve the Parallel Programming Crisis". The solution is just a few mouse clicks away, folks. But you will need to get rid of your Turing Machine blinders in order to see it.

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