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Re: Paul Graham's PyCon Keynote & The Programmer's Apprentice

How about Hillis's Connection Machine and its Lisp?

Andrew McKinlay

Steve Dekorte wrote:

> It seems like a problem that needs to be address from both sides of 
> the software/hardware fence. Right now we seem to have hardware folks 
> trying extract parallelism out of sequential instruction streams and 
> language folks trying to write software that runs fast on sequential 
> processors. Both sides are assuming that one or more register or stack 
> based CPUs are the only way to compute. Perhaps it's time to drop 
> these assumptions and start from scratch. In other words, how would we 
> design an ideal hw/sw to work together to make the best use of what 
> can be done with modern chip manufacturing? Are CPUs hooked by a bus 
> to RAM really the optimal solution? Are languages that lack explicit 
> parallelism really appropriate?