Parallelism: the new new thing

Bill McColl writes about parallelism and how this is the next big thing. I agree, and I would add that what makes it newly new is its non-homogeneous nature. We have examples of this with the Cell microprocessor and its coprocessing elements. But a network of heterogeneous machines such as cell phones are another instance.

And guess what?

Only around 1% of the world’s software developers have any experience of parallel programming. The percentage that has significant experience in the design, analysis and implementation of highly parallel systems is perhaps as low as 0.01% (1 in 10,000).

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