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[TGD] Intel and MS Tackle Multi-Core Software Problem

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Redmond (WA) – Intel and Microsoft today launched a $20 billion initiative to fund Parallel Computing Research Centers at two key U.S. universities, which the companies hope will come up with tools that will stimulate the development of software to exploit many-core computing platforms. But there are doubts: Are two universities enough? When will developers and consumers see the benefit?

Some information about the announcement already had trickled through yesterday and today we got some more clarity how serious Intel and Microsoft really are about their idea to seek the help of universities to accelerate the understating of multi-threaded programming among mainstream developers. The two companies are providing $20 million to create two Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers (UPCRC) at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

According to the official statement, the research effort will focus on “advancing parallel programming applications, architecture and operating systems software.†Tony Hey, corporate vice president of External Research at Microsoft Research, said that there is also a “plan to explore the next generation of hardware and software to unlock the promise and the power of parallel computing and enable a change in the way people use technology.â€

Broken down to its basics, it is clear that there will be two major goals in this research initiative: First, to develop parallel programming methodologies that hopefully will make their way to many more programmers and ultimately make multi-core programming much more accessible than it is today. Second, this research will also expose Intel and Microsoft to the very best of multi-core programming this country has to offer and future hardware and software developments could see major benefits from ideas coming out of Berkeley and Urbana-Champaign.
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It's good that they're making an initiative but I agree that it's too small. The software industry doesn't move as fast as the hardware industry. It'll take 7-10 yrs for the fruits of this project to get to customers and by then everyone will be using 64+ mixed-type cores.

I work for a small software company that has short development cycles and we're still a couple of years behind on the newest tools, etc. We make very poor usage of multi-threading and it would be of great benifit to us since we do a lot of data processing. However, the number of software developers who are actually skilled with multi-threading is pretty small. It's even worse for large software companies who have development cycles measured in quarters/years instead of weeks/months. It's the same reason that the PS3 was slow getting off the ground compared to the XBOX360.
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Its still a step ahead, and god knows the software industry needs it. This is good.
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You're first paragraph says $20billion, but it's $20million. BIG difference =)
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