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Entering a Parallel Universe

By Gregory Goth

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 9, Pages 15-17
10.1145/1562164.1562171

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The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel code. The upshot is that parallelism will not necessarily reap rewards.

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