Multicore NZ

August 24, 2009

News from the Parallel Garage

Filed under: Integration and Services, Multicore, Parallel Programming — multicoreblog @ 10:35 pm

Spent a couple of days with Bill Reichert in his first visit to NZ.

Bill is the MD of, a VC firm from Palo Alto. When initially met with him in the early days of 2008, I was probably the first person that came up with a multicore software start up -and from NZ!-, the one that I founded in late 2005: we did a lot of business with Sun Microsystems in Santa Clara and a few in Japan, but at the time it was already “coming to an end” (it was 2008, remember?).

Bill comes to NZ invited by Investment NZ and Jenny Morel to give a presentation at Morgo, so it was great to catch up again in person after several email exchanges along a couple of years.

This time the conversation was more focused towards the future of IT and how Multicore Programming and Parallel Computing was growing in Silicon Valley. I want to note here a couple of things that Bill mentioned today in Arabica Cafe in Wellington: Hypertable and Kerosene and a Match

Hypertable is an open source project based on published best practices and our own experience in solving large-scale data-intensive tasks. Our goal is to bring the benefits of new levels of both performance and scale to many data-driven businesses who are currently limited by previous-generation platforms. Our goal is nothing less than that Hypertable become one of the world’s most massively parallel high performance database platforms.”

“Founded in 2009, Kerosene and a Match is a software developer building tools that leverage the massively parallel, low cost computing power of commodity graphics processors to build ultra-high performance cloud computing platforms.”

“Led by an experienced team of software entrepreneurs and visionaries, KaaM’s goal is to power the future of on-demand computing and applications by harnessing the untapped computing power of in-expensive, off-the-shelf GPU hardware to deliver cloud computing architectures that are 50 or more times more powerful and efficient than current CPU-centric systems.”

Things that happen in Silicon Valley, but perfectly could happen in NZ too. We also discussed how Intel is trying to catch up with Nvidia and how the game industry of NZ can benefit of this movement, but that’s topic for another post

Nicolás Erdödy, Wellington



  1. Nicolas:

    Great to catch up with you in New Zealand. This multi-core/parallel computing issue is a really big topic, and a big opportunity. Thanks for taking it on!

    — Bill

    Comment by Bill Reichert — September 3, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  2. […] was early 2008 when I first met Bill Reichert in Palo Alto through a common friend. We had a good number of conversations around technology, particularly about multicore software, which continued during his visit to New […]

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