Sunday, May 27, 2007

Intel's Whining

According to a recent c/net article, Intel fellow Shekhar Borkar is reported to have said that "software has to double the amount of parallelism that it can support every two years." This is so infuriating. That's not the problem with software. The nastiest problem in the computer industry is not speed but software unreliability. Unreliability imposes an upper limit on the complexity of our systems and keeps development costs high. As I've repeatedly mentioned on this blog, we could all be riding in self-driving vehicles (and prevent over 40,000 fatal accidents every year in the US alone) but concerns over safety, reliability and costs will not allow it. The old ways of doing things don't work so well anymore. We have been using the same approach to software/hardware construction for close to 150 years, ever since Lady Ada Lovelace wrote the first algorithm for Babbage's analytical engine.

The industry is ripe for a revolution. The market is screaming for it. And what the market wants, the market will get. It is time for a non-algorithmic, synchronous approach. That's what Project COSA is about. Intel would not be complaining about software not being up to par with their soon-to-be obsolete CPUs (ahahaha...) if they would only get off their asses and revolutionize the way we write software and provide revolutionary new CPUS for the new paradigm. Maybe AMD will get the message.

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