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New software design technique allows programs to run faster

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by lotuseclat79, Apr 5, 2010.

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    I think that the real definition of "fast enough" for things like word processors is whether the user has to wait for things that happen. If the user isn't waiting, the application is fast enough.

    Multiple cores permit the hard to parallelize app to run on one core while housekeeping and other system chores run on other cores, thus providing parallelism where it is really needed and preventing the user from having to wait on the app.

    Speeding up the app, at the cost of multiple threads (which can lead to rather nightmarish debugging scenarios if thread synchronization is not done carefully and absolutely correctly) seem like a fairly useless thing to do.

    I'm not opposing the use of threads - I use them all the time - but doing it gratuitously will lead to software that is less reliable.
     
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