http://www.betanews.com/article/AMD_...nce/1187125077

By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews
August 14, 2007, 4:57 PM

The company that helped inaugurate the multicore era of CPUs has begun studying the question, will more cores always yield better processing? Or is there a point where the law of diminishing returns takes over? A new tool for developers to take advantage of available resources could help find the answers, and perhaps make 16 cores truly feel more powerful than eight cores. ...

*The importance of this... more cores will not mean more performance until software is written to make use of them.
Providing the tools for software writers to best utilize additional cores is necessary to speed the process.