Intel CTO: Hardware Still Matters

Arthur Cole

The phrase "It's all about software" may have been making the rounds in enterprise circles in the past few years as developments like Web 2.0 and Service Oriented Architectures delivered the networking and collaborative tools of the new economy.


But those of you who consider hardware to be simply big, dumb clumps of silicon and wiring are overlooking one important thing: the hardware is changing, and software systems could start to falter unless they change with it.


Intel CTO Justin Rattner spelled it out in a speech the other day to the India Semiconductor Association, in which he pointed out that software, particularly packaged applications, are in danger of obsolescence as parallel processing and terascale computing continue to ramp up.


Intel, he said, is actively looking for new languages that are more conducive to parallel programming, but added that the company is looking toward expanded features and capabilities, rather than performance, to add value to its systems.

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