Posts Tagged ‘CPU’s’

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.