Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is South Korea Poised to Lead the Next Computer Revolution?

All Multicore and Parallel Programming Articles

I have been saying for a long time that the way we currently build and program computers is fundamentally flawed. It is based on a model of computing that is as old as Charles Babbage and Lady Ada Lovelace. The West has turned most of its celebrated computer scientists into demigods and nobody dares to question the wisdom of the gods. Other countries, especially South Korea, China, India and Japan are not handicapped by this problem. They have every reason to question western wisdom, especially if it results in catapulting their societies into technological preeminence.

I have good reasons (that I cannot go into, sorry) to suspect that the South Korean semiconductor industry (e.g., Samsung) may be poised to transform and dominate the multicore processor industry in the coming decades. The Europeans and the North Americans won’t know what hit them until it is too late. I have always admired the Koreans. They are hard workers, very competitive, they have an excellent business sense and a knack for thinking things through. It may have something to do with their love of Baduk, the wonderful ancient Chinese strategy board game also known as Go (Japan) and Weiki (China). The game forces the player to think very long term, a highly desirable skill in life as well. Unfortunately, all my liberties are taken (pun intended) at the moment and I cannot say much more than I have already said.

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