Accelerating progress of processor cores analogous to development of 20th century transistors

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KurzweilAI.net has a link to an interesting article by John Markoff of the New York Times about the accelerating progress of multi core processors and the parallel programming challenges they are creating. This points to a new paradigm shift – an individual core processor is analogous to the transistor of the 20th century and we will probably see a new “Moore’s” Law of the number of processor cores doubling every 18 months from now on.

2 thoughts on “Accelerating progress of processor cores analogous to development of 20th century transistors

  1. It’s amazing that folks spend as much time as they do on microprocessors, considering the memory interconnects and I/O subsystems can’t supply data at a quick enough pace to keep them busy.

  2. That’s an excellent point. Those areas will need to catch up, and keep up their rate of progress at similar rates if a new paradigm shift (with the meaning that Ray Kurzweil gives to paradigm shifts) is to occur. We’ll need some sort of architecture that distributes memory, I/O, processing power, etc among nodes, that can continue doubling in size every 18 months or so for 40 plus generations.

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