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Just read a paper by Herb Sutter called 'The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software' and I found myself realising that this is a big issue that I felt I wanted to highlight here and how it effects development over the next few years.

In a nutshell the next generation of processor are going to continue to become more powerful. The bad news is that, at least in the short term, the growth will come mostly in directions that do not take most current applications along for their customary free ride which is that they have been getting faster and faster with each year, which in-turn allows our programs to go faster.

Now with mutli-core and hyper-threading processors coming to the fore, developers are going to have to start to get their heads around concurrency and solving the issues this presents, because all to quickly concurrency will become the norm as hardware cycles.

My prediction is that where server and desktop processors go, mobile processors are sure to follow. My concern is that this may not even be on the time-table, I will see if I can find out ...

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 1:55 PM Main | Back to top

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