5 Thread-Level Parallelism
The turning away from the conventional organization came in the middle 1960s, when the law of diminishing returns began to take effect in the effort to increase the operational speed of a computer…. Electronic circuits are ultimately limited in their speed of operation by the speed of light … and many of the circuits were already operating in the nanosecond range.
W. Jack Bouknight et al., The Illiac IV System (1972)
We are dedicating all of our future product development to multicore designs. We believe this is a key inflection point for the industry.
Intel President Paul Otellini, describing Intel’s future direction at the Intel Developer Forum in 2005