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Dual-core processors affect software design

December 7th, 2004

There is an interesting article in Scientific American magazine about how dual-core processors will end up affecting software design. The point that intrigued me was that software testing would have to change because dual-core processors wouldn’t allow for deterministic testing due to parallelism. For instance, you couldn’t guarantee that a set of code would run identically from one run to the next because things will run in potentially different sequences. This would be a radically different approach for software design.

Follow this link to the article (sorry, it’s a pay site, though perhaps you can try Bugmenot).

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