Intel and Microsoft Fund Multicore Research at UC Berkeley

Greetings! Allow me to take a brief moment to introduce myself. I am new to the OpenPort community and will manage the overall OpenPort's site going forward. I am thrilled to be a part of this growing community and look forward to engaging in a plethora of ongoing discussions with you all.

Let me start with a truth: I am not a technologist. I don't even play one on TV. So I promise never to wax poetic on deeply technical things that you know more about anyway. However, I am an enthusiastic tech user in both my professional and personal life. So hopefully my insights won't be completely from left field. Oh, truth number two: I have worked in software for the last four years so sometimes my focus is a bit myopic.

With that little revelation it will probably not surprise you that I wanted to start by mentioning some recent headlines regarding Intel's announcement last week. Perhaps you heard, but if you didn't last week Intel and Microsoft announced they had awarded UC Berkeley $20million to fund research on new ways to program software so it would take advantage of the benefits brought forth in multi-core processors. The research is focused on addressing challenges to parallel computing and encompasses programing for applications & operating systems to ensure they take better advantage of multi-core processors.

This is an interesting development and once again illustrates how Intel works with the broader ecosystem to help propel technology of all kinds forward. I am often suprised to learn of the many behind-the-scenes efforts Intel helps drive to bring about technology innovation; things like pushing WiMAX standards for ubiquitous wireless access worldwide and the formation of to host open source projects for the development of software targeted at mobile internet devices (MIDS).

I'm not saying Intel's efforts aren't in the company's own best interests. But these endeavors are meant to affect sweeping industry changes that help advance technology that makes all our lives better. It kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.