[concurrency-interest] Economist article

Joe Bowbeer joe.bowbeer at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 16:33:07 EDT 2011


Given that CPUs are made *for* software, I'm not buying that it is
software's problem to legitimize the multicore design.

Software's problem is satisfying the needs of the users, and in my view, a
compelling statement of the problem would address that perspective.

Oh, well...

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM, Gary Gregory wrote:

>  That is not how the Economist article states the problem. The article
> says that CPU speed has plateaued and that cores are now used to deliver
> more performance, if software is written to use them.
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> Gary
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> *On Behalf Of *Joe Bowbeer
> *Sent:* Tuesday, June 14, 2011 14:49 PM
> *To:* concurrency-interest
> *Subject:* Re: [concurrency-interest] Economist article
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> The problem is always stated as "we have these multicores so now we have to
> figure out how to use them".
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> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM, Tim Peierls wrote:
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>  I didn't pick up the everything-is-a-nail vibe. The article just points
> out that languages, programmers, and educators are unexpectedly playing
> catch-up because of the proliferation of multicores on the desktop,
> something readers of the Economist probably wouldn't know about without
> being in the biz.
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> --tim
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> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Joe Bowbeer wrote:
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>   "Parallel programming, once an obscure niche, is the focus of increasing
> interest as multicore chips proliferate in ordinary PCs."
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> http://www.economist.com/node/18750706?frsc=dg%7Ca
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> The article mentions Scala but not java.util.concurrent.
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> To me, this problem still seems more "derivative" of the technology and
> less driven by consumer demand, and I'm disappointed that The Economist
> could not find a more compelling statement.
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> Is this really a case of: To the man with a multi-headed hammer, every
> problem looks like a multi-headed nail?
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> Maybe my mobile-shaded perspective will change now that multicores are
> shipping on handsets...
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> Joe
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