Kumar Venkatramani, VP Business Development, Silexica Inc.
Moore’s law has finally started to taper off but demand for performance has not. In response, the industry seems to have committed itself to a path of multicore processors and their bigger, bulkier cousins on steroids: the heterogeneous multicore systems. This path could profoundly change the landscape for software developers, but there has been little discussion of what–if anything–software or system programmers should do about it. This is scary!
One thing that is perfectly clear is that the demand for high-performance computing is not going away anytime soon. Applications and systems are capable of consuming all the computing horse-power that a computer system is delivering today and are already waiting on what else you can deliver next. If you need convincing, here are three examples from three different worlds:
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