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Old 03 July 2007, 15:58   #9
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Programming is different on today's machines. The more you are able to do, the more you tend to do. It becomes a much greater exercise in data management. With such large amounts of data, speedups generally come from a change in algorithm, rather hand-coding in assembler (although small, tight loops are always beneficial). A cache-miss in a loop is a very hig performance penalty, so managing the data to make sure that cache-misses don't occur is very high priority. It's a totally different type of programming these days. There's no reason to think that today's current generation programmers would be any better on older hardware, and it's very likely that in general the reverse it true. It's a different set of skilss.
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