multi-core software

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Sun Jun 7 17:46:28 CEST 2009

Lew wrote:
> Scott David Daniels wrote:
>> the nub of the problem is not on the benchmarks.  There is something
>> to be said for the good old daays when you looked up the instruction
>> timings that you used in a little document for your machine, and could
>> know the cost of any loop.  We are faster now, but part of the cost of
>> that speed is that timing is a black art.  
> Those good old days never existed.  Those manuals never accounted for 
> things that affected timing even then, like memory latency or refresh 
> time.

Well, as Gilbert and Sullivan wrote:
      - What, never?
      - No, never!
      - What, "Never"?
      - Well, hardly ever.
Look up the LGP-30.  It was quite predictable.  It has been a while.

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

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