I just posted a screencast on Channel 9 about the new Parallel extensions CTP for the .NET framework. In my humble opinion, this is one of the most exciting new developments in the world of software development - where Moore's law has been hammering us with rapid hardware advances - while the software slowly catches up. In this day and age, dual and quad core processors are becoming the norm on servers, desktops, and notebooks - and until now, we have struggled with how to take advantage of this new processing power.
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In this POV I talk about how easy it is to now incorporate multi-core processing into your applications using the ParallelFX extensions with very little code - that can yield some pretty impressive performance improvements on dual and quad core systems...Take a look at these results below for a running an ISBN For-Next loop to iterate over various samples sizes (10k, 100k, 1mm) on dual and quad core processors using sequential and parallel processing - how's that for doing more with less!
Here's the link where you can download the December 2007 CTP - take a look - compare your results - and let us know what you think!