I've been doing this work so long that I've seen first-hand the move from 16 to 32 to 64 bits (and used my fair share of tortoise-like 8-bit machines, as well). More recently, I've witnessed the rise of multicore processors, which are slowly being exploited by new software.
But like drag racing, the quest for computing speed is never-ending, and the next generation is clearly 128 bits -- with multiple cores, to boot!
Now rumors are flying that Windows 8, likely a few years out, will exploit all 128 bits in a 128-bit processor. And with Microsoft developing tools for multicore, Windows 8 could be one smokin' OS.
But just to warn you, there's only an infinitesimal basis for this rumor. In fact, it comes from a LinkedIn posting from a Microsoft insider apparently working on the project. Microsoft won't even admit this person exists!
What would you do with a 128-bit multicore computer? Crunch the numbers and shoot your findings to [email protected]
Posted by Doug Barney on October 09, 2009 at 11:53 AM
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