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IT industry needs to address parallel programming, Bill Gates

Posted: 14 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programming challenge  multi-core processors  parallel programming 

Gates: The ability to take multiple processors and use them in parallel has been a programming challenge going back many, many decades.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has suggested IT industry to solve the challenge of programming multiple processors effectively. "Now it's important that we actually solve that problem, and make it possible for developers of all types to take advantage of these multi-core devices." said Gates.

Speaking to a summit of Microsoft's "Most Valued Professionals," a group of software technologists, marketing and sales people to whom Microsoft has awarded "MVP" status, Gates said the hardware community is doing its part by delivering more and more transistors.

He said the opportunities for software had never been greater, with continued hardware improvements and momentum behind the use of the Internet.

"We've got the continued innovation of the hardware industry. That's often exemplified by the increase in transistors predicted by Moore's Law. No end in sight in terms of the doubling of power of the processor; in fact, now instead of giving us higher clock speed, they're giving us more processors," Gates said.

"And that's an interesting challenge because the ability to take multiple processors and use them in parallel has been a programming challenge going back many, many decades, so now it's important that we actually solve that problem, and make it possible for developers of all types to take advantage of these multi-core devices," he added.

Gates predicted that within five years the typical desktop computer, which already has two processors, would have 16 or 32 processors with larger numbers of processors deployed on server computers.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe




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