ITPro: By the end of 2012, we will have single-socket, x86 devices with 128 cores. The only way to manage systems built with such devices is to exploit the parallel processing technologies developed for the rarefied world of High Performance Computing.
One of the interesting side benefits of that famous Moore's Law, made famous by Intel's Gordon Moore is that from now on, for a while at least, it will be possible to get a very clear and explicit 'feel' for what it actually means.
Until the arrival of the multicore processor, the advances in semiconductor technology were increasing abstruse and meaningless to the majority of people in IT, even experts in server and infrastructure architectures. Now, a simple statement of the Law's impact demonstrates its profound effects: by the end of this year we will have at our disposal single socket, x86 architected devices sporting eight processor cores, and by the end of 2012, we will have single-socket, x86 architected devices with 128 cores.