Gee, do you think?
That's the startling conclusion of a panel in the latest Hot Chips Conference, according to Computerworld.
(Actually, it doesn't need a killer app – for servers. But servers don't have sufficient volume.)
The article also says Dave Patterson, UC Berkeley, was heard to say "There's no La-Z-Boy approach to programming." This from someone I regard as a super hardware dude. If he's finally got the software message, maybe hope is dawning.
The article has this quote from a panelist: "Threads have to synchronize correctly." Wow, do my car tires have to be inflated, too? This has to have been taken out of a more meaningful context.
Here are some links to posts in this blog that have been banging on this drum for nearly two years: here, here, here, here, here, here. Actually, it's pretty much the whole dang blog; see the history/archives.
Maybe there will be more meaningful coverage of that panel elsewhere.
Ha, my shortest post yet. It's a quickie done just before I finished another one. I just couldn't believe that article. I guess this is another "my head exploded" post.