June 1, 1996
Will parallelism—and systems which support it—be a decisive issue?
Not in the near future, I think. As you perhaps know, I was quite involved with massively parallel computing 10 or 15 years ago. As you also know, the marketplace for parallel computing never really happened. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The traditional general-purpose design of processors has too much market momentum behind it. Of course, small-scale parallelism based on networks of ordinary computers is happening. In fact, I myself use it often—running many copies of Mathematica on different machines in our company, and having the whole thing controlled by MathLink connections.