Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Multicore And The Risk Of Being Left Behind - Catalyst IT


www.MulticoreWorld.com

NZ companies risk competitive advantage in not understanding multicore computing


Press Release - 24 December 2012
Multicore World 2013

Government and private companies as well as the wider IT community need to understand how multicore computing and parallel processing technology works says Catalyst IT director Don Christie.

“The risk of not understanding the current and ever growing power of multicore computers and the massive increase in power and performance they enable is simply the risk of being left behind,” says the founder of New Zealand’s largest open source IT company.

“An event such as this, with such important subject matter and quality people is really impressive. That’s a major reason we’ve got behind supporting it.”

Christie says the architecture and programming required to fully utilise multicore computing is part of today’s and all of tomorrow’s IT world.

The next Twitter or Facebook, which could easily originate in New Zealand, will be built on a multicore platform. Multicore, and the associated programming that takes advantage of it, hugely increases ability to handle massive data streams and is today’s reality.

IT professionals, entrepreneurs and those looking at where the next big thing will spring from should attend the Multicore World 2013 at the Wellington Town Hall on February 19 and 20 says Christie.

The introduction of ultra-fast broadband will be one way to link to multicore computing’s power, and New Zealand’s involvement in the Square Kilometer Array project to use linked radio telescopes to ‘view’ the stars and universe are just some of the topics up for discussion at the event.

Catalyst IT, GreenButton and Scoop.co.nz sponsored registration tickets to the Multicore World 2013 are available until January 14 for $750. The full registration fee is $950.

“It is difficult to know where opportunities from multicore and parallel programming will pop up,” says Christie.

“That makes it even more important to attend, learn, discuss, connect and figure where the openings are for your own company or organisation.

“If people ignore the opportunity to attend such a world class conference in their own backyard, they’ll miss being at the edge of new developments, miss being at the heart of today and tomorrow’s computing architecture.”

ENDS

Contacts
Nicolas Erdody, Director Open Parallel. Nicolas.erdody@openparallel.com (027 521 4020)
Karen Bender, Business Growth Manager, Grow Wellington. Karen.bender@growwellington.co.nz (021 628 144)

What is multicore?
The ability of computers to process massive amounts of data has been growing ever since they were invented. As computer power has increased, the speed of processing has reached a physical barrier, and more processing power cannot be put onto a chip without overheating.

The problem has been solved by putting more processors onto a single chip, creating multicore chips. These multicore chips entered the mainstream market a few years ago, and all vendors currently sell them. They are now standard kit in all laptops, desktops and smartphones.

Multicore chips are also more power efficient, and the number of cores able to be added is theoretically virtually unlimited.

Previously impossible computational tasks can now be achieved. And processes which previously took, days or even weeks to perform can now be done swiftly.

But while this new processing power enables computers to do things faster, it also adds new challenges.

Before Multicore computer software was written for a single central processing unit (CPU) in a chip. To exploit the potential of multicore chips, software now needs to be written while thinking in parallel.

But parallel programming is different than traditional programming, and so far few programmers have experience of it.

Multicore is a mainstream but (as yet) niche new technology.

In the next 10-15 years, there will be huge opportunities to translate sequential programming (‘traditional’) legacy code, and to create new software that takes full advantage of thousands of cores in the next generation of chips.

Around the world parallel computing is currently used to process vast quantities of data produced by the internet and the "big data" originating out of social networks and millions of intelligent data recording devices attached to the internet..

Here in NZ it is also used in the biggest CGI rendering facility in the world at Wellington's Weta Digital.

And soon it will be a key component of the information processing required to handle the data produced by the Square Kilometer Array radio - telescope – a global scientific project that New Zealand is a part of.

In addition, there is a wide range of services, solutions and systems integration challenges to connect the two world's together.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: ComCom Charges Hawkins’ Finance Companies Over Debt Recovery

The Commerce Commission has filed criminal proceedings against two finance companies run by former 1980s high-flyer Allan Hawkins over their debt recovery practices. More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: The Big Science Stories Of 2014

It was a dramatic year for science, one that witnessed a severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and an historic mission to land a space probe on a comet. On the home front... headlines with animal testing for 'legal highs', 1080 use to tackle increased pest numbers and court action over genetically modified organisms among the most-covered stories. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news