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Max The Magnificent
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The real deal
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 1:14:04 PM
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We've all heard reports about "latest and greatest" techniques to crack the multi-core programming problem, and we've all gotten tired of being disappointed, but I truly believe that this is "the real deal" -- this could change so many things...

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Re: The real deal
RichQ   8/18/2014 2:35:28 PM
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Sounds really promising and I would hope that folks make the effort to at least conduct a trial of the approach. How has it been productized? Do they sell a tool, a service, license updated libraries, or what?

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Re: The real deal
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 2:37:13 PM
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@RichQ: How has it been productized? Do they sell a tool, a service, license updated libraries, or what?

I will ask the folks at Sviral to respond to these questions.

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Sales strategy
perl_geek   8/18/2014 5:00:57 PM
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If I were them, I'd look for a problem that responds well to parallelism, and offer to solve it for a lower price than the present technique. Keep undercutting the competition, and pretty soon they'll notice you.

 

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Re: Sales strategy
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 5:04:04 PM
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@perl_geek: If I were them, I'd look for a problem that responds well to parallelism, and offer to solve it for a lower price than the present technique.

They've gone one better than that -- they've taken a problem that shouldn'r respond well to parallelism and accelerated that -- I hope to be able to report more in the not-so-distant future...

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Still not available
betajet   8/18/2014 5:34:24 PM
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This 'blog reminded me to check if The Second-Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (1965) is out on DVD yet, preferably Region 1.

Dang, still not available.  I really like that film.

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 5:36:53 PM
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@betajet: Dang, still not available.  I really like that film.

I've never heard about it -- what was it about?

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Wilco1   8/18/2014 5:43:51 PM
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Hmm, this all sounds too good to be true, especially the claim that pretty much any application can be sped up via multithreading. Let's say an interpreter or instruction set simulator or a compiler. All inherently single threaded tasks that cannot be multithreaded. Anyone claiming otherwise is clearly selling snake oil.

Without more details it's hard to say whether this is a revolutionary new programming model that allows inexperienced programmers write 100% efficient (ok, 96%) parallel software without any effort.

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 5:51:01 PM
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@Wilco1: Hmm, this all sounds too good to be true, especially the claim that pretty much any application can be sped up via multithreading. Let's say an interpreter or instruction set simulator or a compiler. All inherently single threaded tasks that cannot be multithreaded. Anyone claiming otherwise is clearly selling snake oil.

I know what you mean -- but let me say that I didn't say "any application can be sped up via multithreading" -- what I did say was that they took on eapplication whose creator specifically said could not be multithreaded, and then dramaitcally sped it up using their technique (also that when they told me how, I slapped my head and said "D'oh!")

Now, many applications actually woudl be ameanable to true multithreading -- but making them multithreaded using traditional techniques is not a trivial task -- in this case the SVIRAL approach really scores... again, I will be able to provide more details in the not-so-distant future.

 

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betajet   8/18/2014 6:24:02 PM
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For the most part, it's a good secret agent flick.  007 is not available, so the British provide "second best" Charles Vine to protect a scientist who has developed a secret formula that every world power wants to acquire.  But there's a wonderful twist which would spoil the ending if I blabbed.

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