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How The GPL Can Save Your Ass

Mar 16, 2008, 04:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas Eadline)

"It is time to get serious about this multi-core thing. For years, I have dreaded the day when the computing world hits the parallel wall. As I have said many times in the past, multi-core is parallel computing and parallel programming is hard, expensive, and in some cases non-portable. It adds another dimension of complexity to writing software. There is no quick fix and no solution on the horizon that addresses this issue. The computer industry is now facing a huge challenge--how to transition software to multi-core platforms. No amount of marketing or wishful thinking will help. Trust me on this one. I have been neck deep in parallel computing for 20 years. The parallel software issue is real and it is standing in front of us. Before you throw me on the pile of doomsday lunatics, the polite experts are saying the same thing..."

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