[PD] puredata evolution

Phil Stone pkstone at ucdavis.edu
Tue May 29 19:32:30 CEST 2007

This has been a fascinating thread about the direction of PD.

I've been thinking about parallelism and PD as multi-core processors 
become common.  How hard would it be to make PD able to take advantage 
of parallel architecture?  I'm guessing that it is decidedly 
non-trivial, as lack of threading is already an issue in contention 
between the GUI and audio processing.

Without some support for parallelism, PD could be going as fast as it 
will ever go -- the trend seems to be that CPU speeds will not be 
climbing much (at least not dramatically like they have until now), and 
increasing numbers of cores will be the path to greater speed and power. 

Is there any hope in this direction?

Phil Stone

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