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Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
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Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 1 Sep 2006 11:21:24 +0200
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Hi Ada Teamers,

I just stumbled upon the following:

    "Intel to Prepare Students for Multi-Core Paradigm Shift"
    (dated August 11, 2006)

Although this comes from a High Performance Computing forum it is not
about massive parallel systems but more about multi-threaded systems
in general.

Since quite some time, I'm seeing a growing awareness of the
importance, but also the difficulty, of developing multi-threaded
applications.  Unfortunately, the 25+ years of Ada experience in
that domain seem to be globally ignored...

Most often, and in this announcement as well, only "add-on" approaches
(such as OpenMP) are mentioned but not those built-in in a language
(such as Ada tasking and protected objects).  I quote:

    "The curriculum provides an introduction to Intel multi-core
    architecture and teaches computer science students how to achieve
    maximum performance of their programs on threaded, multi-core and
    multi-processor systems using Intel compilers and threading tools.
    It also covers the importance of parallelism, threading concepts,
    threading methodology and programming with threads (Windows,
    OpenMP, PThreads).

Even though some argue that low-level thread programming is not the way
to go to develop multi-core applications, they all seem to think only
about adding more powerful threading libraries to existing languages.

Can we do anything to make Ada more visible in that domain?

Should we respond to those papers, announcements, etc, suggesting
to also look at Ada with its long track record of successful
multi-threaded applications?

Any volunteers, who have a "good pen" to write eloquent, brief,
and to the point reactions?

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