The following post by Jesse Davis starts things off by discussing the issues with multi-core programming and how the fork-join framework will aid in reaching a solution to this architecture now being imposed by the chip industry. Followed is another post containing a more detailed discussion on the subject of the fork-join framework, based on an extensive article published over at IBM developerworks. Read the complete post by Jesse Davis: http://www.jdbc-connection.com/2008/04/programming-for-multi-core-performance.html Read the accompanying post on the fork-join framework: http://jaksa.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/concurrency-with-forkjoin-in-jdk-7/ Read IBM's developerworks article on the fork-join framework http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-jtp11137.html