multi-core software

Jeff M. massung at
Wed Jun 10 10:50:37 EDT 2009

On Jun 9, 9:08 pm, Arved Sandstrom <dces... at> wrote:
> Jon Harrop wrote:
> >
> > Arved Sandstrom wrote:
> >>
> >> Jon, I do concurrent programming all the time, as do most of my peers.
> >> Way down on the list of why we do it is the reduction of latency.
> > What is higher on the list?
> Correctness.

IMO, that response is a bit of a cop-out. Correctness is _always_ most
important, no matter what application you are creating; without it,
you don't have a job and the company you work for goes out of

But, assuming that your program works and does what it's supposed to,
I agree with Jon that performance needs to be right near the top of
the list of concerns. Why? Performance isn't about looking good as a
programmer, or having fun making a function run in 15 cycles instead
of 24, or coming up with some neat bit packing scheme so that your app
now only uses 20K instead of 200K. Performance is - pure and simple -
about one thing only: money.

Programs that use more memory require more money for the hardware of
every user. Programs that run slower eat more time per day. If you
have 100,000 users, all doing an operation once per day that takes 20
seconds, being able to shave 5 seconds off that saves 5.78 man-days of
work. Hell, for some applications, that 20 seconds is just startup
time spent at a splash screen. Just imagine if every Google search
took even 5 seconds to resolve, how much time would be wasted every
day around the world - ignoring the fact that Google wouldn't exist if
that were the case ;-). Obviously Google engineers work incredibly
hard every day to ensure correct results, but performance better be
right up there at the top of the list as well.

Jeff M.

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