Lack of parallelism will hamper multicore roadmap says Intel

Intel warned yesterday that a shortage of parallel programming skills and no efficient way to program for multicore computer environments will slow down the development of multicore processors.

Pat Gelsinger, General Manager of Intel’s digital enterprise group, Intel said, “Without an automated programming method, software developers will not be able to take advantage of the increased performance at the margin when we add new cores to the die.”

However, Gelsinger claimed that Intel and its partners had made “good progress” in the development of compilers that could automate the process of programming for parallel environments.

"We began to look for new ways to deliver performance that led us to create many-core computing, now we have two and four cores, and later this year six cores on a single die.”

This has resulted in some of the most spectacular games and performance if programmers could take advantage of parallelism. However, that question, that if, of taking advantage of parallelism is a very big one," added Gelsinger.

Future predictions

Gelsinger was speaking during a press conference to the semiconductor press about the ten year roadmap for Intel and he made several predictions about the future.

"We thought one micron was going to be hard, then we thought 100nm was going to be hard - now we casually talk about getting to 10nm," said Gelsinger who claimed that Intel will reach this within a decade.

Gelsinger suggested that multi-core teraflop computing will “usher in a new generation of user interfaces [that are] interactive, immersive and intuitive.”

He also outlined Intel’s plan to dominate with its IA (Intel architecture) across all platforms – from mobile devices to enterprise data centres.

Moreover, he suggested that every individual in the world would have access to computing connectivity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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