Is the future of programming a parallel one?

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For the past three years, processors didn't got any faster because of the limitations imposed by the laws of physics. But Moore's law is still going strong. What processor manufacturers are doing instead is putting several cores on one silicon chip. Rumor has it that by next year this time, Intel will release an experimental processor with over 100 cores. The question is, are we ready for that? How do we cope with that? Is it our responsibility as programmers to do something, or like always Microsoft has to provide the tools, languages, and compilers to solve our problems?



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