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Parallel Computing in the Years to Come

Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Hall 8

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As the HPC community enters the new decade, it is viewing a potential point of inflection where the systems, models, and methods that have driven exponential performance growth for the last two decades may yield to innovative alternatives in order to continue to Exascale performance before 2020. While the introduction of multicore and heterogeneous system architectures has inaugurated change from prior conventional practices, these are only the initial stage of exciting new developments in parallel computing that will make possible the needed multi-billion-way concurrency at the application, architecture, and system software levels. More so than ever before parallelism will dominate progress in delivered performance as clock rates and processor complexity reach their asymptote or even decline in the face of power constraints. This interesting technical session will present likely driving issues, technology trends, and future architecture characteristics along with possible impact on programming models that will characterize the next ten years in parallel computing. Four of the HPC international community’s well known experts will piece together the challenges and opportunities that may decide the fate of supercomputing throughout this decade. Will Moore’s Law continue to power exponential performance gain or will the unprecedented levels of parallelism required in the future be simply impractical? Our four session speakers will address the critical problems and offer novel solutions both of which may determine the future of parallel computing in the years to come.

Speakers in this session

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling, Arnaud & Edwards Professor of Computer Science, Louisiana State University, USA
    Parallel Computing in the Years to Come
  • Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
    Massively Parallel Computing for the Future: Custom 'Formula One' or Cloud 'Prius'?
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulthess, Director, Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Switzerland
    Millions of CPU Cores & Beyond: A User's Wish List for Future Architectures
  • Steve Wallach, Chief Scientist, Convey Computer, USA
    Software: The 'Trojan Horse' of HPC