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Over the last 30 years, the software industry has relied on exponential growth in processor power in order to improve performance, increase functionality, and enhance user experiences. Unfortunately, this "free lunch" is over. Instead of increasing the clock speed of processors, the hardware industry is shifting to multi-core and manycore processors. However, most software today typically is written to utilize only a single core and will not take advantage of most that this new hardware has to offer. The key to high-performance applications of the future is parallelism. In this session, we explore the need for parallelism, and we look at the programming languages, libraries, runtimes, and tools Microsoft is providing to help developers and IT professionals successfully navigate "the manycore shift."
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