Dr. Michael Hind (from IBM Corporation, Programming Technologies Department), "Changing the Foundation: The Impact of Multicore Architectures on Software"
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Jorge Gonzalez, x3724, firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer venders have introduced two dramatic changes in their architectures. First, the increase in clock frequency we have experienced over the past decades is no longer present. Second, there is an exponentially increasing number of processor cores on a chip. These changes present two unprecedented challenges to the software stack. Namely, how does the software 1) deal with the stagnation of single threaded performance, and 2) utilize the additional capabilities provided by multiple cores on a chip? In this talk, I will discuss these issues and argue why these challenges present great opportunities for software optimization and suggest some approaches to address these fundamental problems.