Hands-on with Deep Viewer, Intel's Potential Killer-App for Nehalem

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gatorXXX

I agree with you......those were the key words they said.....an intel app designed and made by intel for intel and a benchmarking guru hired by intel for intel. MMMMMM makes me wonder how many other apps are favored by intel....does 3dmark06 come to mind? Does for me.

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jwalch.hawk

AMD's just as guilty of making multicore chips as Intel is.  It's not like they saw Intel make core jumps and just sat there going "Nah, we'll stick with single core, no reason for more."  Hell, wasn't AMD first on the multi-core scene (I know IMB's Power4 was actually first, but since it's not x86 I'm ignoring it for this case)?  I'm pretty sure they were first to dual-core on 64-bit, though I'm less certain about who was first in general (I'm assuming the first were 32-bit).  Anyway, the point is that AMD would love applications like this just as much as Intel does.  The only difference I'm really seeing here is that AMD didn't actually develop an app to rationalize their decisions.

Personally, I'm glad Intel is doing this.  Yes, it's a gimmicky little "this is what you can achieve with multi-core" thing, at least in terms of motivation.  But if people see it and *do* demand more apps like it, then you can damn well bet developers will change their tune.  Fact is, developers don't like multi-core because it's far easier (at least right now) to code for a single core and consumers haven't demonstrated to them that they want or need anything that requires more than a core of processing power.  Ergo, multi-core development/programming is unnecessarily difficult.  This might just be an instance of consumers having ready access to way more processing power than they really need for the things they currently want to do (dunno, just reaching on that one - though I think the rapid popularity of these weak [comparably speaking] netbooks serves to verify that point).  Let's remember that it was years before an OS as a GUI (a thing we take for granted today) really took hold.  I mean, after all, why would anyone want or need anything more than a command line? :D  Just because developers in general don't think multi-core is worth it doesn't mean they're right.  They might be, but let's remember they're just as biased as the chipmakers are - just in the opposite direction.

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horzo

" Intel's argument is that this is the kind of application that users should be demanding from software developers..."

...so we can justify our decision to push higher and higher core counts and sell more chips.

 Software developers have, not surprisingly,  found better things to do with their time than concentrate on the complexities of multithreaded software design. Consumers for the most part don't know the difference, and certainly aren't out there demanding multihtreaded apps.

 

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