To help that along, Intel and Microsoft are pledging $20 million in funds over the course of the next five years for academic research that is focused exclusively on parallel processing. On top of the SDKs that vendors like Intel and AMD already provide, they want to join a growing group of companies that want to make software with multiple threads optimized for multiple CPUs commonplace. As clock speed pushes have slowed down, this is the area where everybody should look to enhance for performance improvements.
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