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I'm doing some research on multicore processors and the challenges involved in writing code for them. I'm trying to find out what the first multicore processor was and when it came out. I'm also wondering which multicore processor was the first one that was used widely used by the general public (i.e., by the general public in desktop/notebook computers). I've tried searching on Google, but I haven't been able to find much.

Also, links to research papers/press releases would be useful.

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Maybe this

http://processortimeline.info/proc2006.htm

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Fascinating reading. +1. –  BillP3rd Sep 5 '10 at 22:34
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I think that you are looking a the wrong place. Multi-core processors are just the newest incarnation of symmetric multi-processing. Take a look here and here and here.

What you really need to do is to start from parallel processing and parallel computing and work your way up to the multi-core processors.

From programmers point of view, there is almost no difference between computer with multiple processors and computer with single processor which has multiple cores. That's why there isn't much information directly related to multi-core processors themselves.

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