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9/16/2010 11:26 AM EDT
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prabhakar_deosthali
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prabhakar_deosthali   9/19/2010 11:26:06 AM
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In my days as an engineer it was the limitation of the hardware ( CPU speed , bus width and the memory size) which used to put constraints on what software could do. Now the hardware performance seems to have surpassed the imagination of software designers so much that the currently available operating system designs are unable to utilize that processing power offered by the multi-core processors. The microprocessor operating systems have to now adapt the operating systems of yesteryear's super-computers . One of the super computers designed in India lately used hundreds of Sun-Sparc computers to achieve the super-computer performance.

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KB3001   9/18/2010 4:18:25 PM
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Scalability is indeed an important factor here. How many applications would benefit from 100 or 200+ message-passing processors? In acomparison, how many applications need hundres or thousands of tightly coupled parallel processes sharing data?

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Dave.Dykstra   9/17/2010 4:33:40 PM
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Hopefully this will not be just another venue for allowing even more bloated code as increased processor and bus speed have done. Maybe the programmers involved can go back to square one and write clean code to run instead of modifying the existing code to enable adding on more and more code.

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SallyF   9/17/2010 4:30:26 PM
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Nothing good has come out of Microsoft in a very very long time. As mentioned by one of the other commenters, opening a directory or folder takes longer now than it did on a 33MHz 486 processor. Microsoft will go down in history as a company that did almost nothing good though they have more resources than most countries. This ridiculous research has been going on since the early 1980s. Thirty years and they're still thrashing around. What evidence do they have that this approach isn't limited to say 100 processors? At what point does the addition of 50% more processors give less than 25% speed? Do these guys know that Intel and Nvidia and AMD and half the world are now looking at combinations of many parallel tightly coupled processors with fewer general purpose procesors? Have they considered the architechural changes when we start including physics procesors and DSPs into the mix? Microsoft is such a disappointment.

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LarryM99   9/16/2010 4:23:57 PM
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I must admit that I am much more of a fan of the loosely-coupled network approach rather than the shared-memory tightly-coupled one. The latter gets much more complicated as CPU cores are added, while the former should be able to scale much more effectively to both multicore CPUs and true network computing. It may not be much longer before SkyNet comes online...:-) Larry M.

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goafrit   9/16/2010 1:45:17 PM
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The future is the complexity of programming this complex multi-core chips. If Microsoft steps up and provide a great solution, Great. Otherwise, we will reach a diminishing returns where microprocessor complexity will be limited by software.

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DrQuine   9/16/2010 1:37:03 PM
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Perhaps it is time to value human time first. The "fastest" (most responsive) computer I ever had was a 1 MHz Commodore CBM 8032 (business version of the Commodore PET) with 32k (sic) of memory in 1979. My new dual core 2 GHz laptop is currently running over 1,000 threads while I wait for it to perform basic tasks (open folders). The branding icons on web pages take more memory than my old computer had in total. I hope that the new Intel multikernel OS approach will include options for home computer performance that dazzle us with their responsiveness.

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