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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I'm not sure what he's getting at...
by Anonymous on Fri 28th Oct 2005 15:39 UTC
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Unprepared for multicore CPUs? How so... It doesn't matter the OS, anything contemporary will handle them just fine. Perhaps some operating systems scale better with higher numbers (IRIX > Linux > NT/XP/W2K) but that's about it.

Multithreaded programming is widely understood and used. I write all sorts of tools and things as a biologist and most of my apps and lots of libraries I use are multithreaded already. Many of my scripts operate multiple concurrent threads (or, very often, multipleprocesses).

I think that scientific programmers have been doing this sort of thing for 20 years in one way or another. Maybe PC application programmers haven't been at it as long, but they've had a number of years to get into it.

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