Monday, August 27, 2007

Multicore processors and you

Something i've noted for a long time; with the exception of the operating system, there are very few applications designed to run multi-core processors well. This Wired article sums up the issue and notes that new tools are being developed to overcome this hurdle.

Key quote:

Indeed, the potential benefits of multicore chips are rendered obsolete if the software itself isn't coded to take advantage of its primary selling point: namely, parallelism.

But for now, i still say you'll get 99% of performance if you just buy the fastest single-core CPU for your PC.

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