The future of "frozen" types as the number of CPU cores increases

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Thu Feb 18 23:11:24 CET 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM, John Nagle <nagle at> wrote:
>   On that note, I went to a talk at Stanford yesterday by one of the
> designers of Intel's Nelahem core.  The four-core, eight thread
> version is out now.  The six-core, twelve thread version is working;
> the speaker has one in his lab.  The eight-core, sixteen thread version
> is some months away.  This isn't an expensive CPU; this is Intel's
> "converged" mainstream product.  (Although there will be a whole range
> of "economy" and "performance" versions, all with the same core but
> with some stuff turned off.)
>   Python isn't ready for this.  Not with the GIL.

Is any language, save perhaps Erlang, really ready for it?


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