April 11, 2010

Multi-Core CPU’s Still Not Being Utilized

Intel and AMD are constantly pumping out new processors with more and more processing cores.  But can current OS software really utilize all that processing power?  Today a Quad Core CPU is easily affordable to most people.  Multi-Core CPU’s have been out for years now and software is still being written in a way that doesn’t utilize the processing power of Multi-Core CPU’s.  Use of Multi Core applications may require a rethinking of windows “Although modern operating systems do true multitasking and scale with the addition of more cores, Probert thinks that to take full advantage of the new wonderfully powerful hardware we have, it will require a reworking and rethinking of Windows.  Of course, with the rapidly growing number of cores, especially in light of Intel’s experimental 48-core CPU, an alternative method would be to devote at least one discrete core to each application.” Says Toms Hardware.

A dedicated core for each application is a interesting concept… so what would you do when you have more then say 4 applications open on a Quad Core Processor?  I’m curious to see how this plays out over the next 10 years as we can expect the amount of cores being used to easily double. 

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