Francis Cianfrocca wrote:

> On 2/11/07, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <znmeb / cesmail.net> wrote:
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>> 1. I've been here before -- at the point where general-purpose SISD
>> architectures ran out of steam and special-purpose machines abounded. I
>> spent ten years working for a company, Floating Point Systems, that
>> *made* special-purpose machines. There's a whole generation of people
>> out there, myself among them, that ended up finding other things to do
>> when the general-purpose SISD (and *CISC*) machine known as the Pentium
>> essentially wiped everything else off the map. So I view the current
>> "trend" to multicore systems and more dreams of massively parallel
>> computers becoming mainstream as only a temporary thing ... a swing of a
>> pendulum to one extreme ... general purpose SISD machines will be back!
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> Are you expecting another round (or more) of massive improvements in
> uniprocessor performance?
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> I can think of a number of possiblities -- Lets really get out there___

        1)  Multivalue Logic (Nasty)
        2)  Extremely Long instruction words
        3) Massively Deep look ahead Threads
       
      However,  Most Likely -- General Multi-core Processors with 
Various Specialized Processors.

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