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Normalising ‘massive’ computing an aim of Multicore World

Press Release #3 – Multicore World 2017

Normalising ‘massive’ computing an aim of the Multicore World 2017 conference

The terms Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Precision Agriculture, Industry 4.0 and Personalised Medicine are bandied about as if everyone understanding them.

“But these uses of High Performance Computing are in their infancy, and New Zealand companies have only scratched the surface of the strategic moves they need to make to survive in global markets developing products for them,” says Nicolás Erdödy, conference director of Multicore World 2017.

The global assemblage of leaders in multicore technologies and parallel programming in Wellington on February 20 - 22 will discuss these and other topics through keynote speakers, talks and panels. The possibility to have one-on-one conversations with thought leaders in these fields is an opportunity not to be missed says Erdödy.

Pete Beckman from Argonne Labs (US) will present “Parallel Computing at the Edge: Technology for Chicago Street Poles and for Exascale Systems”.

Because platforms are more prone for change - from the hardware and operating systems into the applications - Paul McKenney, a Distinguished Engineer from IBM’s Linux Technology Centre (US) will discuss how the bugs of these increasingly growing systems will always be with us. This is done in the knowledge that there are well over a billion instances of the Linux kernel running around the world, and the bug problem needs solving.

McKenney will also participate in a panel about how Enterprise Systems should deal with legacy code and hardware replacement, discussing with Victoria Maclennan (Co-Chair of NZRise), Mark Moir (Oracle), and Paul Fenwick (Perl Australia) among others.

Talks about OpenStack and cloud platforms, will be covered by Dr. Happy Sithole from South Africa, Lev Lafayette (Australia) and Piers Harding (New Zealand).

Other panel is about how the SKA radio-telescope project will be tendered for construction in 2018. This is a 700 million euro project to be built between Australia and South Africa, and currently being designed by 10 countries, New Zealand among them. The SKA will revolutionise our understanding of the universe and it is unknown what discoveries can be found.

“What we do know is that New Zealand being a full member of the SKA project is a unique opportunity for our country to be part of the next generation computing and software developments worldwide,” says Erdody.

“Some of these developments will shape how the Facebooks and Googles of the world deal with our lives,” he says as founder of Open Parallel and organiser of Multicore World. MW17 will present four talks and one panel about the SKA

Multicore World is a destination conference comprised of three full days of intensive talks, panels and plenty of discussion time in a “think-tank” format. It will be at Shed 6 in Wellington’s waterfront between Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd February 2017. Last tickets still available.

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


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