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It's been 18 months since Intel introduced the first dual-core desktop processor, but only a handful of ISVs have written applications that exploit multicore architectures. And Intel's quad-core desktop processor will ship next month.

That's a missed opportunity for commercial ISVs, custom application developers and solution providers serving the mainstream business market.

"While dual-core technology provides compelling performance metrics, very few of our ISV partners have optimized their code for this groundbreaking technology," said Patrick Taylor, president of Dallas-based Proactive Technologies, an integrator who has served on Intel's channel board of advisors. "The business world is only conversationally aware of multithreading and has yet to take advantage of hyper-threading, which is four years old," he said.

"I'm not sure why they have failed to prepare for these developments," Taylor added. "One would think an ISV would leap at the chance to be first ready with a hyperthreaded application that ran well in a multicore environment."

Signs suggest a transition is quietly taking shape. With dual-core processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices now the standard in mainstream PCs, and second-generation quad-core processors set to begin shipping in early 2007, some ISVs are gearing up for the next era in desktop computing.

Most notably, Microsoft recently launched its first multithreaded desktop software: Windows Vista and Office Excel 2007.

Multicore technology is more than an extension of Moore's Law, the historical doubling of processor speed every two years. It's a new era in software development and business computing, said Herb Sutter, software architect at Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.

"If you look back over the past 25 years, Microsoft has succeeded in its mission to put a PC on every desktop, in the living room, on mobile devices, in making PC computing available everywhere," he said. "But the mission we've just embarked upon is putting a Cray supercomputer on everyone's desktop, enabled by multicore processors. That's the way supercomputers are architected."

Multithreaded databases and other server applications have been available for decades on SMP-based servers and, more recently, on dual-core Xeon and Opteron processors from Intel and AMD, respectively. And ISVs, including Adobe Systems and Symantec, have long offered multithreading in their 3-D modeling applications and security software that operate in the background. The applications optimized for multicore desktop processors are aimed primarily at digital content creators and designers who work with a massive amount of data, 3-D images and realtime graphics rendering.

As the number of cores increases, it enables new features like desktop editing of high-definition video, said Adobe's Giles Baker, product manager.

Boxx Technologies, Austin, Texas, for instance, is one niche system builder making a living designing and selling workstations with two dual-core or two quad-core processors.
Source: TechWeb
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See, nothing useful at all.
Anyways, I'm no programmer (I tried to, I honestly did) but I would think it would require much more coding for multi threaded software. That and we all now software developers are lazy. When in the near future we have 32 cores in our rigs, software would be dual threaded.
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You just have to make sure you use smilies with remarks like that. Text doesn't really portray sarcasm.
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as soon as programs are dual threaded they are quad or however many cores you have threaded so it wont be a case of getting a octo core and only 2 cores being used the program will detect 8 cores and use them all
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I always figured that as soon as programs went multithreaded they would be made so that they could scale up the threads to any number, or at least that would make the most sense to me.

This just proves that AMD and Intel need to stop making so many cores and start making better Single and Dual core chips.
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There are a few programs that can use multi-cores. Photoshop, Oblivion, Call of Duty 2, and Quake 4. I agree, there should be a lot more by now though.

HL2 Episode 2 and F@H are soon to become multi-threaded.

BTW, there is no such thing as "dual threaded". Once they make it multithreaded, it'll just use all the cores it gets.
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There are a few programs that can use multi-cores. Photoshop, Oblivion, Call of Duty 2, and Quake 4. I agree, there should be a lot more by now though.

HL2 Episode 2 and F@H are soon to become multi-threaded.

BTW, there is no such thing as "dual threaded". Once they make it multithreaded, it'll just use all the cores it gets.
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Why did they have to take down the smilie "I'm with stupid?"
I think it was voted offensive...
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I think it was voted offensive...
We're so sheltered! lol
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You just have to make sure you use smilies with remarks like that. Text doesn't really portray sarcasm.

I'm a bit socially retarded; I forget sometimes.
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