The History of Many-core

When looking for a good reference to back the “many-core problem” assertion in my Master’s thesis, this the best I could find as a prime source. Multicore: Fallout of a¬†Hardware Revolution holds an excellent description of the reasons behind the shift from increasing clock speeds to multiplying the numbers of cores in modern CPUs.

In particular:

“Hidden concurrency burns power
 Speculation, dynamic dependence checking, etc.
 Push parallelism discovery to software (compilers and
application programmers) to save power”

…and a hidden treasure of information on the history of all modern processor architecture optimization techniques.