[erlang-questions] Intel and 80 cores

CyBerHigh <>
Sat Sep 30 23:59:30 CEST 2006


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David Hopwood wrote:
> Jay Nelson wrote:
>> Intel announces an 80 core chip within 5 years.  It will have 20GB of
>> RAM and can perform at 1 TFLOP.
>>
>>
http://news.com.com/Intel+pledges+80+cores+in+five+years/2100-1006_3-6119618.html?tag=nl
>>
>>
http://news.com.com/Processor%2C+memory+may+marry+in+future+computers/2100-1006_3-6120547.html?tag=nefd.top
>>
>> Just imagine how fast Microsoft Word will be!
>
> Microsoft Word 2011 will be slower, of course ;-)
>
> More seriously, the effect will be to expose bottlenecks that are not
> dependent on raw processing throughput. Some applications' performance
> is already constrained by disk and network latency.
>
Some applications... I would say most applications.  I would be more
impressed with a new hdd that allowed 3 G/s read and write speeds with
1 ms seek times.  Sadly hdd are not the 'cool' thing people brag
about.  However as cpu and ram speeds get faster hdd will grow
slightly.  Hopefully there is a large leep in performance some day soon.

However luckly languages like erlang would thrive in a world of 80
cpus.  I imagine soon there will be a large push for languages to
support concurrency the way erlang already does.

CyBerHigh
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