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August 29, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Boxed In?


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Today's song is Secret by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD), released in 1985.

I've known about this problem of source code compliers not keeping up with the improvements in CPU's for many years now.

We consumers pay for high-performance computer equipment and often our software purchases aren't designed to use most of that power. It's as if you have a 8-cylinder engine in your car that only runs on 4 cylinders. Even that scenario is better than what most of us have as far as potential vs. actual performance on our computers.

It would be great if a user could run a program on their computer and validate their various software programs to see how effective and efficient they are using the hardware of the computer they are running upon. I'm not talking about CPU speeds or multi-threading with multiple processors, I'm talking about the software using the specialized registers comprising these sophisticated chips.

Most users only perceive that their software is running faster based upon an increase in processor speed alone. But what real improvements might be available if the software was compiled to take advantage of more of the newer CPU capabilities?

Consider the difference your car engine runs as equipped directly from the factory versus one that has been enhanced with high-performance add-ons. If software programs were complied for the enhancements found in many of the newer chips, the speed increase would likely be very noticeable. Also, you would be getting more value for your software dollars if they were performance matched for your CPU's.

Someday consumers will be better informed and demand that they get all the value they pay for out of their computers and software programs. Until that day, they don't know what they are missing and are left boxed in.

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My friend, Jeff Rutan and many of his associates worked on a special presentation from their modo group for Siggraph 2007 held earlier this year.

Last night I watched the online video of their work and it is very cool!

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I was watching the 1947 movie, The Bishop's Wife on Monday night. I enjoy watching the scenes of the old professor, played by Monty Wooley. His character is that of a retired history professor who lives in a small apartment and enjoys having his friends come over for some conversation.

There are other parts of the movie I enjoy too. Usually I watch it during the Christmas holidays, other seasons are fine too it seems...

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Maybe this idea will catch on in Carlsbad, California?

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For those interested in Lego Robots.

Don


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