Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Oct 2005 11:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Herb Sutter, a software architect from Microsoft, gave a speech yesterday at In-Stat/MDR's Fall Processor Forum. Addressing a crowd mostly consisting of hardware engineers, he talked about how the software world was ill-prepared to make use of the new multicore CPUs coming from Intel and AMD.
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MP readiness
by Anonymous on Fri 28th Oct 2005 15:24 UTC
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"As BeOS shows, when wholy multithreaded, a system get better responsiveness. When running on a SMP machine, it expand performance too."

True, one quote amongst many. Multithreaded/multiprocessor ready applications should show performance gains in SMP/multicore machines unless extremely poorly designed. This being said, I'd fully place the blame on MS for not pushing awareness of performance gains of SMP/multicore aware software. After all it has been fairly cheap to build SMP machines for some time now, however windows software, generally, never really took advantage of it as compared to other OSes and applications developed for those OSes. As an end user example, I would have expected games to long since have taken advantage of SMP when available, alas this has never happened as most developers eventually trot out the "...it's more difficult to debug, so just buy a 'bigger' CPU..." excuse.

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