Intel & Microsoft Fund Multi-Threading Research

Intel & Microsoft Fund Multi-Threading Research

Yesterday, news broke regarding Microsoft and Intel launching parallel research centers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to investigate way to accelerate developments in mainstream parallel computing.  And today, we've posted some details and commentary on the subject over at HotHardware.  Here's a snip from the piece...

"Even today, writing software able to take advantage of multi-threading is notoriously difficult. In order to help drive the development of the tools and threading-aware applications, Microsoft and Intel are together awarding the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California at Berkeley $10 million dollars over five years to fund two Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers (UPCRC)."

Intel & Microsoft Fund Multi-Threading Research

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sounds intersting 

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and this technology is headed where?Servers or workstations?

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 Yes!

 

This is excellant news, it means the multi-core beasts Intel is preparing will at the very least have some use in an Operating system, though Microsoft might pass on some of that knowledge to others via custom compilers / tools for developers.

 

I guess this also means that the tools that Intel created for making multithreaded apps didn't turn out so well.

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sounds great 

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if microsoft will support with its Windows well multicore,you still have to convince all the programmers that make a lot of useful programs that you use day by day to make their apps with multicore support and that is hard,trust me,and no one will do that,at least just for now

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 maybe if they had a new proggraming language this would make it easier

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Multicore programming is very hard,trust me

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CoolZone:

Multicore programming is very hard,trust me

i know its hard im just saying make it easier with a new langauge or tools infact it will probably always be hard

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It will be always be hard,and with the growth of threads,it gets harder and harder

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CoolZone:

Multicore programming is very hard,trust me

 

thats dissapointing to know , guess we wont see multi core applications anytime soon. 

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There are a lot of 2 core support(threads) in lots of apps,but that's it!No more.Only some selected apps have quad support,and those are very little in number

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I suspect we won't see much support for multi-core processing among simpler applications until they become complex enough to truly benefit from it. The largest advantage will come via improved multi-core task assignment and processing in windows. Even if the application itself isn't designed to take advantage of multiple cores, if you are multitasking, Windows will be better equipped to distribute tasks among the cores for maximum efficiency. Of course this will only apply to future processors that are designed for fully independent core functionality. Hopefully we will see the fruits of this research in Windows 7. It would be best if windows had the capability to automatically apply multiprocessing to all applications rather than requiring the individual applications to be programed as such.

I don't know very much about programming so please feel free to correct or enlighten me if I am wrong.

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 dont see why windows  wouldnt incorparate that in windows 7

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While yes, Windows will use multiple processors very well, the issue is still, multi-processor use in single apps, such as Auto CADD, or games.

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it does not really matter if windows supports multi-core,it matters only if the running application supports multi-threading or not.

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