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French parallel processing research wins $40 million

6/20/2012 04:40 PM EDT
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re: French parallel processing research wins $40 million
DrQuine   6/24/2012 6:13:43 PM
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Back in 1989 (sic), I worked with a massively parallel processor system with 32,000 processors all executing the same instructions. It was great for parallel processing of image pixels but not very useful for other kinds of problems. It seems that today there are two very different problems being addressed with multi-core systems. First, image processing where massively parallel processors add tremendous speed. The other, much more difficult, application is using multiple cores to allow multiple threads to run in a computer operating system. There is a potential for gridlock if a critical process is awaiting results from other processes. This is the difficult engineering problem.

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