3 Replies Latest reply on May 15, 2012 10:22 AM by JFFulcrum

    Multi-Threaded Processing Question


      I created this account just to ask this question. I've searched the internet for the answer with no success. I'm hoping to find some experts here who know what I'm talking about.


      Years ago, I remember overhearing a discussion about multi-threaded processing in which they talked about the differences between fake parallel processing and true parallel processing. They said that the fake version made all of the processors/cores behave like one really fast one. In other words, the speeds of them all were added together, allowing a single-threaded program to run really fast. I'm wondering if there is any validity to this concept and if software exists anywhere for such a function. I realize that this may only be possible for a multi-processor setup (instead of multi-core) but I simply don't know. Please note that this discussion was originally about operating systems, so there may not be any tools that enable this feature on Windows.


      Disclaimer: Yes, I do know the basics of multi-threaded programs and that a single-threaded program cannot be forced to multi-thread. Therefore, that is not what I am asking in this thread.

        • 1. Re: Multi-Threaded Processing Question

          The only way to split load of single-threaded application to multiple execution units is a usage of the special middleware, which will do the job. Such technologies is developed for some enterprise-level applications, for example, Microsoft has a special driver for Excel which distribute calculations on grid network of nods joined in Microsoft HPC Cluster, which may be number of servers, desktop pcs during office off-hours and even processes on same multicore/multisocket server. But this is a special solution for one/limited number of applications (and costs a lot of bucks). Here is no magic key for any apllication in any system.

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          • 2. Re: Multi-Threaded Processing Question

            Actually, I just remembered that graphics processors use something similar when using multiple GPUs. Since no multi-threading system has been made for GPUs, they work as one really fast processor. It's possible to write software for desktop CPUs, so why hasn't anyone done it yet? I guess people are truely moving on to multithreaded programming.

            • 3. Re: Multi-Threaded Processing Question

              Multi-GPU systems is not good example. In graphics rendering there are middleware  - it`s graphics driver itself, and GPU vendors like AMD & NVIDIA was able of produce adequate results only when they started making support for nearly each game personally, via driver profiles system. And Multi-GPU systems are share the same workset, i.e. all cards/gpus loads whole rendering data into own memory, so on the CPU such tech will result with even multiplies of system memory consumption for apps.


              GPGPU techs like OpenCL or CUDA have little to no kind of obfuscation of GPU internal architecture - the programmer just faced against a heap of execution units and then usual multithreaded programming begins.