What happens to IT industry if performance improvements stop?
December 8, 2008 Leave a comment
What happens to the IT industry if the performance improvements stop?
That is the question that one of the luminaries of the computer industry, David Patterson, posed last week with his keynote address at the SC08 supercomputing event in Austin, Texas. Patterson is one of the most important thinkers in computer science, and when he says there’s a problem, people listen.
Timothy Prickett Morgan has written up a detailed writeup of David Patterson’s SC08 talk:
“The whole industry is assuming that we will solve this problem that a lot of people have broken their picks on.” To make his point, Patterson told the nerds at SC08 to imagine a 32-core laptop and then an upgrade to a 64-core laptop, and then asked if they thought it would do more work on the kinds of workloads that run on a laptop. “We’d all bet against that. But that is the bet this industry has made.” Full Story