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Panelists: Software Not Keeping Up With Multicore Advances

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The migration to multicore processing, though fraught with challenges, is the only plausible way to achieve the computing performance required in the not-to-distant future, concluded a panel of executives at the Multicore Expo here Thursday (March 23).

Saying that the semiconductor industry has "hit a wall" with single-core processing Sven Brehmer, president and CEO of PolyCore Software Inc., maintained that moving to multicore is the only way to progress.

"Even if this is a very painful thing to do, we have to move forward with it," Bremer said. Bremer later added that, even if a better alternative to multicore architecture suddenly emerged, it would be five to 10 years before it could be implemented.

The pain Bremer referred to is multi-faceted, related to a myriad of challenges facing multicore processors, including programming difficulties and a lack of development environments. Designing a multicore architecture is only half the battle — efficient multicore development environments remain elusive, according to panelists.

Multicore processors are only part of the solution, according to Tim Allen, senior director of embedded processor development at Altera Corp. The bigger issue is that software development has not kept pace with advances in hardware development.

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