Dual-core systems vs dual single-core systems

Posted on Tuesday, November 08 2005 @ 8:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
THG reports single-core processors aren't dead yet.
The introduction of AMD's Athlon 64 X2 and Intel's Pentium D dual core processors will go down in the annals of semiconductor history as a revolution in processor architecture. Suddenly, the classic clock speed performance metric has been seconded by parallelism, which describes how two cores on a single chip boost performance by sharing the workload.

However, the path to parallel computing will be a long one, since the software is just not there yet. Applications are not optimized to take advantage of dual- or multi-core environments (of course, we're not talking about multi-processor platforms)..
Read on over at Tom's Hardware Guide.

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