Multicore Architectures and Their Software Landscape

Authored by: Poss Raphael

Computing Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439898529
eBook ISBN: 9781439898536
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b16812-28

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Abstract

In the decade 1990–2000, processor chip architectures have benefited from tremendous advances in manufacturing processes, enabling cheap performance increases from both increasing clock frequencies and decreasing gate size on silicon. These advances in turn enabled an explosive expansion of the software industry, with a large focus on computers based on general-purpose uni-processors. This architecture model, which is of the Von Neumann computer, had emerged at the end of the 1980s as the de facto target of all software developments.

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