Savvy Computing – When there’s a Need for Speed
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Speed has played a key role with computers since the inception of the digital age in the 1940s. The very raison d’être of electronic machines is their ability to carry out computational procedures faster than humans.
But speed is not always what it’s cracked up to be. On the other hand, speed is sometimes given short shrift. Understanding the differences can help you make smart PC buying decisions and smart Web site design decisions.
The central processing units of today’s run-of-the-mill personal computers are faster than those of multimillion dollar mainframe computers that were leading us into the future in the 1960s and 1970s. PCs today are ten times more powerful than they were just five years ago.
This mind-boggling increase in processing speed was predicted and codified in 1965 by Gordon Moore, who would become the co-founder of Intel, when he said that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had been doubling and would continue to double every year.
Though this doubling would later slow from every year to every 18 months, the increase in capacity has continued, and it’s emblematic of the personal computer revolution. It’s an increase that’s unprecedented in other spheres of human endeavor.
How Much Speed Do We Really Need?
To those involved with personal computers, this is heady stuff, and it has led to an infatuation, even an obsession, with speed. It taps into the Western notion of progress…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).
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