Thoughts on Intel’s recent hardware announcements

Intel briefed customers recently about the evolution of its processor architectures to support ManyCore processors. Highlights of the press briefing include announcing the quad-core Tukwila processor that supports the IA-64 Itanium architecture and a six-core x64-based processor called Dunnington that will be available later this year. The major focus of the announcement though was the…

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Parallel programming: Where Do We Go From Here: Part 1

The Performance of Desktop Applications in the ManyCore Era The Quad-cores are coming! The Quad-cores are coming! Beginning in early 2008, machines with the latest quad-core processors became available from the major manufacturers. Should you be excited about the prospect? Should you run right out and buy one? These machines will have 4 independent processor…

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Who Am I and What Am I Doing Writing a Blog?

My name is Mark Friedman and I have been working here at Microsoft as an Architect in the Developer Division Performance Engineering team since October 2006. Although I am a newbie here, I am an industry veteran with an extensive background in software product development, particularly in developing monitoring tools for finding and resolving performance…

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