Multicore NZ

March 10, 2012

Your Chance to Meet the Serial Killers and Explore the Parallel Universe

Filed under: High Performance Computing, Multicore, Parallel Programming — multicoreblog @ 1:31 am

Because they’re coming to Wellington later this month, so you can meet them and explore it with them.

And maybe you should, especially if you’re someone involved in IT, like a CIO, a CTO or a software engineer.

Something’s happened in the chip world. A change so fundamental it’s created opportunities to do everything faster, better and cheaper – across the board.

Serial computing is dead. It’s just that most people don’t know it yet. But it is. Intel knows that. So does Google. And ARM, the UK company whose processors drive 90% of the world’s smartphones. Weta Digital’s in the new loop, along with the scientists pitching to have the massive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) located in Australasia.

For all of them, serial computing is and old technology, killed by parallel processing. Parallel processing (PP) relies on newgen chips, not with a single core but with many, even thousands of them. For most people, though, the technology’s less important than the possibilities. Which are immense, according to PP’s champions. Many of whom are coming to Wellington this month for Multicore World 2012, New Zealand’s first heads-up on this IT revolution.

Speakers at Multicore World (March 27-28) include Intel Software Director, James Reinders and Dr Tim Mattson from Intel Labs; John Goodacre, Director, ARM Processor DivisionWeta Digital’s CTO, Sebastian Sylwan; Dr Mark Moir from Oracle LabsMicrosoft’s Artur Laksberg as well as the CSIRO’s Dr Tim Cornwell and speakers from the Universities of Melbourne and Otago.

RIP single core CPU? Yes, and we should be grateful for that. And, whether you’re a convert or a sceptic, this is a great opportunity to meet the serial killers and explore the parallel universe. Multicore World 2012 has been put together by New Zealand company, Open Parallel and there’s info and registration details on the website http://MulticoreWorld.com

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