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Computing and technology revolution to hit Wellington

Computing and technology revolution to hit Wellington next week

A fourth consecutive edition of Multicore World brings business and technical knowledge of multicore solutions to the heart of Wellington next week.

Multicore World 2015 is a three-day conference in Shed 6 on 17, 18 and 19 February featuring speakers and discussion around development and deployment in the computer revolution which is transforming how we work and live.

“Having many computer cores on one chip exponentially increases the power and ability of computing, and New Zealand can be at the forefront of developments in software and applications around multicore,” says Multicore World 2015 conference director, Nicolas Erdody.

The keynote speakers, and discussions will include:
· The impact of cloud computing on many domains, and
· It's convergence with high performance computing
· How big data is driving companies to fully adopt the cloud faster than predicted
· Whether organisations and companies are ready to take advantage of these dramatic changes

Prof Thomas Sterling from the University of Indiana will discuss how Exascale Computing will break from the past as it brings dramatic improvements in efficiency and scalability in the near future.

Prof Ian Foster will show how cloud services are accelerating scientific and technological advances, Alex St. John will discuss how the the transition to cloud-based supercomputing may be inevitable and challenge all we know about data centres, mobility and storage.

Pavlo Baron will talk on how the future of computing is undoubtedly linked to parallel computing.

Dr Murray Milner will present a perspective of advanced ICT developments in New Zealand and how they will deliver economic improvements for the country. A commercial perspective in participating in the multicore revolution from a New Zealand base will be explained by Scott Houston; who sold his company GreenButton to Microsoft in 2014.

Don Christie, director of Wellington based Catalyst, will moderate a panel featuring Her Excellence Zodwa Lallie, High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, and Dr Kjesten Wiig, MBIE's National Manager of Commercialisation. The panel will discuss the social and economic benefits that will be triggered by the SKA radio-telescope project – the world's largest ICT project.

Nicolas Erdody says New Zealand is leading a significant portion of the design of the SKA. Scientists led by AUT and Victoria Universities, as well as Catalyst and Open Parallel have been contributing since 2013 to the SKA which is to be built in South Africa and Australia.

Multicore World 2015 is organised by Open Parallel, and the program and tickets are available through


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