Forty-five years ago this month, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore
predicted that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double each year (later revised to every 18 months). This laid the groundwork for another prediction: that doubling the number of transistors would also double the performance of CPUs every 18 months.
This bold prediction, known as Moore's Law
, long held true. But we have reached the limit of what is possible with one or more traditional CPUs. The computing industry - and everyone who relies on it for continued improvements in productivity - needs to take the leap into parallel processing.
Forbes.com has published a piece I've written about this, describing how the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law is now dead. Give it a read here
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