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Parallel software plays catch-up with multicore

6/22/2009 04:00 AM EDT
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re: Parallel software plays catch-up with multicore
Mapou   6/22/2009 7:19:45 AM
Great article. The parallel programming crisis is the most important issue facing the computer industry today. It's good to see EETimes and Rick Merritt (who better to write about this subject than Mr. Merritt) keeping us informed of the latest. It's always fascinating to hear what some of the experts in the field are thinking. It's also very frustrating because it's obvious that nobody has a solution. I am surprised that anybody would still be talking about multithreading as a viable approach to parallel computing at this late stage in the game. Has not the word gotten out that multithreading is not part of the future of parallel programming? Old habits die hard, I guess. This tells me that the crisis is about to get much worse before a solution surfaces. The recent reports that Sun Microsystems recently cancelled Rock, its costly big chip multicore project should be a warning to Intel, AMD, Nvidia, IBM and the others that the industry is right in the middle of a dangerous crossroad in its history. What's next? Intel's Larrabee? AMD's Fusion? Don't be surprised if either project comes crashing down like the Hindenburg. In my opinion, when the pain becomes unbearable (it's all about money), it will suddenly dawn on the decision makers that it is time to finally force the baby boomers (the Turing Machine worshippers) into retirement so that the world can boldly break away from the failed computing models of the 20th century and forge a new computing future. How to Solve the Parallel Programming Crisis:

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