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The End of Moore's Law
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The Unnecessary Cost of Keeping up With Moore's Law and the alternative.

Density and speed, a curse or a bliss? Is there is good reason for the fact that every central processing unit and digital processing device in every computing and communication device in existence are made by a hand full companies who dictate every aspect of their products positioning in the market. Don't believe it? The physical size and other aspects of every computer you have ever used were dictated by its CPU maker.

Consider that the power consumption of a CPU is directly related to its speed. Reduce the speed of a given CPU by half and its power consumption would be cut down by the same ratio.

But can you afford to slow down you computer? Not only that today's computers which runs Windows 7 (and soon 8) are much faster than the computers that run Windows 3.1, today's computers take less clock cycle to perform the same work. This only partially the result of improvements in CPU design. It is mostly the result of the switch from 16 to 32 bit compilers which results in a very significant savings in the number of clocks required to achieve particular operations.

So why are today's computers have to run that fast even that as a result of switching from 16 to 32 (and then from 32 to 64) bits they can do the same tasks with less clocks? The answer is quite simple: They have to do more things today then they did in the past. And they have to do it all simultaneously. Internet activity, playing music, displaying videos, searching for viruses and processing sound are only few of the things that old computers did not do.

But how fast today's software run on today's high speed computers? Not that fast. Today's programs must share a CPU with many other programs and the count of instructions per second a programs perform on a fast computer is quite small in comparison to the total number of instructions the computer perform at the same length of time. Modern operating systems such as Windows and Linus run dozens if not hundreds of services and applications at any give time and and all that sharing result in sluggish response time that users would not have tolerated on early personal computers. A significant portion of

Architectural Alternatives.

Threshold (The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result...) entry

Moore's law, architecture, parallel processing

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