For only $350, you too can build a secret doorway out of a bookshelf (link via Antarctica Starts Here). Makes me wish I had the space for something like that.
Intel first disclosed it had built a prototype 80-core processor during last fall's Intel
Developer Forum, when CEO Paul
Otellini promised to deliver the chip within five years. The company's
researchers have several hurdles to overcome before PCs and servers come with 80-core processors—such as how
to connect the chip to memory and how to teach software developers to write
programs for it—but the research chip is an important step, Rattner
Intel shows off 80-core processor
CPUs capped out a few years ago, leaving companies like Intel and AMD with little recourse but to start stuffing
boxes with multiple CPUs. Dual
and qual-core systems are common now, even for home computers; how long until
the monster above hits the streets?
And it's not just the high end processors that are getting the multicore
treatment—even embedded processors are going
multicore (link via flutterby).
Progress keeps marching on, but software development hasn't, sadly. Very
few languages have parallelizing features, much less automatic
parallelization, and multi-threaded programming is still very
problematic, with very few languages having it built in.
So, where do we go from here? Well, for a start, some radical ideas about
programming languages for one thing …
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