Intel to offer 64-bit lessons to developers

Intel is preparing an education programme to help businesses’ in-house software developers use the latest functions of its...

Intel is preparing an education programme to help businesses’ in-house software developers use the latest functions of its processors to improve application performance.

The chip firm will explain its plans to offer 64-bit and multi-core computing and the impact it will have on existing applications.

Intel and software tools providers will offer programming tools that can be used to improve the performance of code written in-house, but Intel said applications would need to be re-engineered to take full advantage of the new chip architecture.

Kirk Skaugen, general manager, enterprise platforms group marketing at Intel, said, "If developers want the best performance, they must make modifications."

User organisations have avoided building applications that have been engineered for specific hardware because it complicates maintenance and makes it difficult to migrate to another platform.

But the advent of multi-core processors later this year will allow multithreading - applications performing more than one task at the same time. Skaugen said, "We are focusing on corporate developers this year. How do you get them to thread code and understand the basis of threading?"

Bola Rotibi, senior analyst at Ovum, said, "It makes a lot of sense to redevelop applications using more threads." But if an application is built for multithreading, it will run more slowly on single-core systems, she said. "Threading is difficult and requires careful handling and understanding."

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