Psychological Implications of Parallel Systems

Everyone agrees that parallel computing is inevitable. It seems to be the easiest way to gain additional speed with clever rearrangements of existing hardware. Optical systems are highly parallel in their architecture and well suited to parallel computation. As in all computers, the software and the hardware interact. What makes parallel computers different from the traditional kind is that this coupling is much closer: unless you know exactly what kind of software you want to run, there is not much point in building yet another parallel system, especially one that makes use of massive parallelism.

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