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Re^2: Multi-core and the future

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 03, 2008 at 02:45 UTC ( #708661=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.

Speak for yourself. We routinely process jobs that take many days to run. They are already distributed to multiple dual-core worker machines. We would greatly benefit from much more powerful machines (for the money) with more cores per box. More cores per box would help us somewhat more than more boxes for the same cost.

I don't think our company is anything special. We're not some fancy schmancy research lab or something. Just a company that chugs through lots of data in our daily course of business.

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[ambrus]: But either of these is a big problem in practice, so I'd need to spend like thirty years of my life to solve (a) and five more years to solve (b)
[ambrus]: Corion: yes, CURRENTLY the blackboard is more convenient
[ambrus]: and it's not like I want to ban blackboards anyway
[ambrus]: you already have blackboards and a canvas for projector or overhead transparencies (or positive film slide projector, not used for maths) canvas in the same lecture halls today, and switch in a few minutes between presentations,
[ambrus]: they're only difficult to use together.
[ambrus]: overhead transparencies are a nice convenience by the way that mix the two slides, because you can write them in advance and edit them during the presentation easily. but they're not very much in fasion these days.
[ambrus]: you can even print them.
[Discipulus]: ambrus i'm trying out MremoteNG which wrap putty and rdp and many other things..
[Corion]: ambrus: Yes, ideally you would have the ease of overhead projection transparencies and pens drawing on them, combined with the computer generated slide text...
[Corion]: Maybe the solution would be a tablet (with pens), like the Wacom tablets, but you still need good software and need to know how to operate it well in an interactive setting ;)

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