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Could going beyond Moore’s Law open trillion dollar markets?

Press Release #2– Multicore World 2017

Could going beyond Moore’s Law open trillion dollar markets for New Zealand?

“Technology is advancing at a faster rate than society’s expectations,” says Paul Fenwick, keynote speaker at Multicore World 2017, Wellington, February 20 - 22

“We can go from science fiction to consumer availability, with very little in the way of discussion in between. But the questions they raise are critically important,” says the Australian, one of a number of global experts at a world leading forum on what is possible with vastly underutilised computing processing power now available.

“Not many look at critical questions such as ‘What happens when self-driving vehicles cause unemployment, when medical expert systems work on behalf of insurance agencies rather than patients, and weapon platforms make their own lethal decisions,” he says.

Conference Director Nicolas Erdody says MW17 is much more than a talk-fest.

Erdody says that 90% of all the data in the world has been generated in the past two years; a pattern that will keep repeating. “How on earth will we process these massive amounts of data, and actually make meaningful sense and use of it,” he asks?

Among some of the industry, academic and research experts is Prof Michelle Simmons.

She is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director at the Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, UNSW. She will describe “the emerging field of quantum information, a response to the fact that device miniaturization will soon reach the atomic limit, set by the discreteness of matter, leading to intensified research in alternative approaches for creating logic devices of the future”.

Prof Satoshi Matsuoka (Japan) will present his keynote “Flops to Bytes: Accelerating Beyond Moore’s Law” and Dr John Gustafson (former Director of Intel Labs, now Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore) will reveal a new data type called “posit”, that provide a better solution for “approximate computing”.

In this context, New Zealander Prof Michael Kelly, Prince Philip Professor of Technology from the University of Cambridge (UK) will ask in his keynote “How Might the Manufacturability of the Hardware at Device Level Impact on Exascale Computing?”

Dr Nathan DeBardeleben from Los Alamos National Labs (US) will discuss how “supercomputer resilience and fault-tolerance are increasingly challenging areas of extreme-scale computer research as agencies and companies strive to solve the most critical problems.” In his talk he will “discuss how data analytics and machine learning techniques are being applied to influence the design, procurement, and operation of some of the world’s largest supercomputers”

“The assemblage of big brains around multicore computing and parallel programming will pose questions and answers as the world moves towards exascale computing in the next decade. Being part of such discussions can position New Zealand technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists at the intersection of two massive global markets that will benefit this country’s future growth: Decision-Making (estimated in $2 Trillion) and Food and Agriculture (estimated in $5 Trillion)”, says Nicolas Erdody, Open Parallel CEO and MW17 Conference Organiser

The 6th annual Multicore World, to be held at Shed 6 will discuss these and other Big Questions. MW17 will be three days of intensive talks, panels and discussion in a ‘think-tank’ format that allows plenty of time for one on one meetings.

The conference is organised by Open Parallel Ltd (New Zealand) and sponsored by MBIE, Catalyst IT, NZRise and Oracle Labs


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