C++ Renaissance: Getting Back The Free Lunch

Saturday, April 16, 2011

At the beginning of 2005 Herb Sutter had an article stating that the developer’s free lunch is over. We had an assumption that more transistors in the CPU imply better application execution speed. The CPU executes the code in a sequential manner hence the performance of the CPU-bound code is directly related to CPU frequency. This used to be our “Free Lunch”: an old program runs faster on a new CPU. Using this assumption with modern low power consumption multi-core CPUs is wrong, we might even find that an old program runs slower on a new CPU. Since performance...

Atom Based Computer with Windows 7 Runs My Home Automation Server

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I own a Dual CPU Pentium III computer. This machine is 10 years old. I used to take it to companies back in the beginning of the millennium to teach about multi CPU programming. I have also developed and tested device drivers on it. around 2004 I began to use it as a gateway to my home automation system. It runs Windows XP with all my home automation related applications and code that I have developed. The machine became very noisy, I have replaced all the fans and put some oil but still the decibel level is too high....