[whatwg] WebWorkers vs. Threads

Shannon shannon at arc.net.au
Thu Aug 14 03:06:22 PDT 2008

Shannon wrote:
> Think about the kind of applications that use parallel "compute nodes" 
> and you'll realise that 98% don't exist outside of academia and 
> laboratories due to synchronisation, network latencies and other 
> issues that implementing Javascript workers won't solve. More 
> importantly though there is a lack of general computing software that 
> requires this model.

On second thoughts I withdraw these claims. I don't have the statistics 
to know one way or the other why "portable threads" are more prevalent 
than "share nothing" ones. There may be many reasons but latencies 
probably isn't one of them. It could just be fashion or convenience.


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