[erlang-questions] Intel and 80 cores
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.
>> 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.
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