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Re^2: Multi-core and the future

by willyyam (Priest)
on Sep 02, 2008 at 19:45 UTC ( #708582=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Multi-core and the future
in thread Multi-core and the future

The multicore boom is just as silly as the mega and gigahertz race. No-one really needs that much computing power. When I say no-one, I really mean it: you think you do, but in reality you could do everything you do now with machines from ten years ago.

I must respectfully disagree. This is true for many, but I am running microsimulations that I need to parallelize across ten multi-processor 4Ghz machines so that we get answers by the end of the weekend, and this was not possible with the commodity machines of ten years ago.

I think the web-browsing, email reading, word processing spreadsheet viewing masses only need such massive computing power because of OS bloat and a demand for pretty colours, but I need this much computing power to do my work.

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