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Re: Paul Graham's PyCon Keynote
Graphics is one of the special applications I was careful
to exempt from such predictions. I expect that it (along
with e.g. cryptography and simulations) will continue to have
special-purpose hardware and languages to match. --pg
--Steve Dekorte wrote:
> Paul Graham wrote:
> > 2) "How far will this flattening of data structures go?
> If you look at current trends, I think you'd predict the opposite to
> happen. Consider 3d graphics cards. You could do the 3d operations on
> the CPU but even with ever increasing CPU speeds, adding 10% to the
> cost of your machine for >1000x the graphics performance is a great
> deal. In fact, modern PCs have more far compute power in their graphics
> cards than their CPUs. I'd predict ever more specific hardware to the
> algorithms/data structures commonly used. Or perhaps for all of them
> with FPGAs.
> I suspect Von Neumann architectures will be a historical curiosity in
> 100 years as well as languages whose design mimics them.
> Io, a small language: http://www.iolanguage.com/