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... Moreover, computer manufacturers worked to ensure that specific instruction set compatibility was maintained over generations of computer hardware -- that is, a new computer could run new applications, and the existing applications would run faster. Thus, software did not have to be rewritten for each hardware generation, and so ambition and imagination were free to drive the creation of increasingly innovative, capable, and computationally intensive software, and this in turn inspired businesses, government, and the average consumer to buy successive generations of computer software and hardware.
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... There has been genuine progress on the software front in specific fields, such as some scientific applications and commercial searching and transactional applications. Heroic programmers can exploit vast amounts of parallel ism, domain-specific languages flourish, and powerful abstractions hide complexity.
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... Parallel computing systems will grow in performance over the long term only if they can become more power-efficient. Therefore, in addition to a focus on parallel processing, we need research and devel opment on much more power-efficient computing systems at all levels of technology, including devices, hardware architecture, and software systems.

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