Thursday, November 13, 2008

More Parallelism Support in upcoming IDE version

The October issue of the MSDN magazine contains an article on the improved support for parallelism in the next version of Visual Studio [v. 10] as well as in .NET 4.0. Stuff from the Parallel Extensions (TPL, PLINQ) to the .Net 3.5 Framework (available as Community Technology Preview) went in as well as new features to support parallelism in native code. In addition, testing tools to cover parallelism in code are in the pipeline too. Most of these new features were presented at this year’s PDC in Los Angeles (slides are available for download). This is definitely a step in the right direction but a long road to go until writing parallel code is daily business for mainstream programmers. I got still concerns if existing programming languages, libraries, frameworks and compilers can deliver the final answer to cope with the complexity of expressing explicit parallelism.

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