Intel urges you to program better now, not the same -- later.

Subject: General Tech, Processors, Mobile | February 18, 2012 - 09:06 PM |
Tagged: Intel, mobile, developer

Clay Breshears over at Intel posted about lazy software optimization over on the Intel Software Blog. His post is a spiritual resurrection of the over seven year’s old article by Herb Sutter, “The Free Lunch is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software.” The content is very similar, but the problem is quite different.

The original 2004 article urged developers to heed the calls for the multi-core choo choo express and not hang around on the single core platform (train or computing) waiting for performance to get better. The current article takes that same mentality and applies it to power efficiency. Rather than waiting for hardware that has appropriate power efficiency for your application, learn techniques to bring your application into your desired power requirements.

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"I believe your program is a little... processor heavy."

The meat of the article focuses on the development of mobile applications and the concerns that developers should have with battery conservation. Of course there is something to be said about Intel promoting mobile power efficiency. While developers could definitely increase the efficiency of their code, there is still a whole buffet of potential on the hardware side.

If you are a developer, particularly of mobile or laptop applications, Intel has an education portal for best power efficiency practices on their website. Be sure to check it out and pick up the tab once in a while, okay?

Source: Intel Blog
February 19, 2012 | 02:08 AM - Posted by Nilbog

Did anybody else notice this revealing comment?

"I arrived as this existential conundrum as I was looking over an internal presentation for an upcoming processor release from Intel. One prominent feature that was touted was the increase in energy efficiency to be realized by the new chip. Better technology has reduced the energy leakage within processor circuits."

3D transistors is what it sounds like to me...

February 20, 2012 | 03:31 AM - Posted by JSL

....tri-gate was confirmed already (specifically, late Q2/Early Q3 last year).

February 20, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Nilbog

I meant, as in they actually work well. Its not just a gimmick like Bulldozer turned out to be

February 20, 2012 | 03:35 AM - Posted by JSL

Completely Relevent!

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