Exploding Core Counts: Heading for the Buffers

In a classic case of kicking in open doors, research firm Gartner has concluded that software will not be able to keep up with the ever-increasing number of cores in modern processors. “By Gartner’s reckoning, the doubling of core or thread counts every two years or so – and for some architectures, the thread growth is even larger with each jump – will affect all layers of the software stack. Operating systems, middleware, virtualization hypervisors, and applications riding atop this code all have their own limitations when it comes to exploiting threads and cores, and Gartner is warning IT shops to look carefully at their software before knee-jerking a purchase order to get the latest server as a means of boosting performance for their applications.”


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