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July 22, 2005

Overcoming the software bottleneck

Hardware has always improved more quickly than our ability to write software for it. Although you might think that this "software crisis," as evidenced by increasingly buggy, bloated, and insecure software, is a recent phenomenon, the term "software crisis" was used at least as early as 1972. I remember reading about it in Fred Brooks' classic The Mythical Man Month, first published in 1975.

IPcentral describes one of the current incarnations of this crisis: improvements in hardware for parallel processing and the difficulty of writing software to run on that hardware.

Is this a job for genetic programming or some other automated programming technique? I don't know the answer, but when a technological "crisis" has lasted for 30+ years with no signs of abating, anything is worth a try.

Posted by Robert at July 22, 2005 9:00 AM
category: Design & Engineering | Evolutionary Computation

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