Parallel process

The first piece I’ve published since my Nieman year came to an end is in The Economist’s latest Technology Quarterly. Parallel bars,, looks at some of the things holding back parallel programming techniques, and what advances might be on the horizon. The comments gave me some pause, and I was glad this piece had input from my editor, who studied parallel programming in college. Many of the comments were unusually granular, suggesting that people with high levels of programming expertise came upon it via links, and were expecting something from a programming journal. I was amused by the person who thought Dennis Ritchie was a household name; of the four programming legends in my little quiz, I would expect only Grace Murray Hopper to have any name recognition, mostly because she was often held up as an example of women programmers in the general media.

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