Posted by caraher on March 24, 2008, at 1:17:09
In reply to Re: Brain Mind Spirit » rskontos, posted by Sigismund on March 23, 2008, at 19:29:28
> There's the different personalities inside us that you refer to (although I have no idea of the difference between a serial and a parrallel processor).
A serial processor does just one computation at a time. Parallel processors do many computations simultaneously. There are tradeoffs, of course, in which you want. Parallel processing can be much more powerful, but coordination the computations of many processors is a challenge in itself. With serial processing, you do have a bottleneck but everything goes in and comes out in an orderly fashion. There are fewer opportunities for things to go wrong that way.