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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Pay attention to Herb Sutter
by emarkp on Fri 28th Oct 2005 17:39 UTC
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Listen to Herb Sutter. He's been saying this for at least 6 months. He was the chair of the C++ Standard committee before he was at Microsoft, and has worked hard to push MS to comply better with the ISO C++ standard. He is a major contributor to comp.lang.c++.moderated and comp.std.c++, and also the C/C++ Users Journal (and C++ Report before it went defunct). He has shown severe problems in the Double-Checked Lock idiom, and polymorphism in the face of multithreading.

Don't write him off as an MS cheerleader. He has done a lot of work making his name in C++ and software in general. See his website www.gotw.ca and his article in DDJ called "The Free Lunch is Over": http://www.gotw.ca/publications/concurrency-ddj.htm

Seriously, if we as developers ignore this, we'll be just like people 20 years ago ignoring OO.

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