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“Beyond computing buzzwords” a key theme of Multicore World


“Beyond computing buzzwords” a key theme of Multicore World 2017

The meaning and implications beyond buzzwords such as Big Data, Internet of Things and Machine Learning will all be explored at Multicore World 2017.
The 6th annual Wellington event, to be addressed by global leaders in computing and technology innovation, takes place at Shed 6 in the waterfront on Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 February.

“These are thought leaders, industry giants and the forefront of academia working on the future of computing at extreme scale and power efficiency,” says conference organiser Nicolas Erdody.

“With 12 internationally recognised keynote speakers and 28 talks and panels, as well as plenty of opportunity for informal discussion with people at the top of computing at scale, New Zealand industry, academia and government should take the opportunity to learn first hand exactly what is happening and how to profit from new computing platforms.”

Erdody says it is significant that new Science and Innovation minister, Hon Paul Goldsmith, will address the distinguished audience on Tuesday 21.

He describes Multicore World as a “destination conference”, as the assembled international guests and conference-goers have to go out of their way to attend what is now recognised worldwide as one of the leading discussion forum of its type.

“It comprises three full days of intensive talks, panels and plenty of discussion time in a ‘think-tank’ format,” says Erdody.
Multicore World features international speakers such as Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, from Tokyo Institute of Technology, who leads the TSUBAME series of supercomputers and several major supercomputing research projects in Japan; Professor Tony Hey, Chief Data Scientist from the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom; and Dr. Happy Sithole, Director of the Centre of High Performance Computing from South Africa.

In this context, panelists such as Dr John Gustafson (former Director of Intel Labs and currently Visiting Scientist at A*Star in Singapore) and Professor Andreas Wicenec (University of Western Australia, leads the SKA Science Data Processor Data Layer design) will discuss if “Does Big Science necessarily mean Big Budgets”, “Are Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things just buzzwords or reality?” and New Zealand’s significant participation in the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope (SKA) -the ultimate Big Data project and the largest engineering and scientific instrument to be built in the world.

Clare Curran, MP and Labour Party ICT Spokesperson will discuss in a panel along Victoria Maclennan (2016 ICT New Zealander of the Year), Dave Jaggar (ex-ARM) and Ralph Highnam (CEO, Volpara Technologies) “Where is New Zealand’s ICT / High-Tech ecosystem heading?”

The conference is organised by Open Parallel Ltd (New Zealand) and sponsored by MBIE, Catalyst IT, NZRise and Oracle Labs. More information: www.MulticoreWorld.com


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