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Multicore faces a long road
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Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 02 January 2007 20:13

Read the full story at EETimes:

"The number of cores on a die replaced megahertz as the new metric for microprocessors, as silicon engineers shifted their focus to increase performance while keeping a lid on power and heat. All the activity made it clear that a new day had arrived, and that CPUs and software will need to respond.

'You can buy multicore laptops, desktops, cell phones, PDAs, multicore anything--even my 7-year-old is using a multicore system,' said Anant Agarwal, a longtime pioneer in parallel computing and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 'Because of this widespread adoption, software developers have finally come to grips with the fact that programming as they knew it is not going to be the same any more--they will be doing parallel programming going forward,' Agarwal said.

'In fact, one person sent me an e-mail asking if single-threaded Unix applications are doomed,' he added."

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