The Trouble with Multicore.

Chipmakers are busy designing microprocessors that most programmers can’t handle

By David Patterson  /  IEEE Spectrum July 2010

The semiconductor industry took a big gamble when it switched from making microprocessors run faster to putting more of them on a chip, doing so without any clear notion of how such devices would generally be programmed. The hope is that someone will be able to figure out how to do that. At the moment, however, the ball is still in the air.

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