Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 13:00 UTC, submitted by Jim Lynch
General Development "With chip makers continuing to increase the number of cores they include on each new generation of their processors, perhaps it's time to rethink the basic architecture of today's operating systems, suggested Dave Probert, a kernel architect within the Windows core operating systems division at Microsoft."
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Do you remember when VMS was ported to the Alpha? Ho boy! There was some trouble. Customers who relied on the exceptional math computational speeds of the VAX were furious when they discovered that despite the faster Alpha chip, math algorithms took factors longer to compute because they (and that has to do with the word size moving from 32 to 64 bit size) were implemented in software, not the hardware.

I remember that fairly well, processes that took a couple hours to run were taking days. Ouch. I believe that was fixed, eventually.

And yeah, that was all a little off-topic. Sorry.

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