Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DIMACS Workshop: Parallelism: A 2020 Vision

              Parallelism: A 2020 Vision

Decades after its origins and its study in academia, parallel computing is
finally becoming pervasive.  Today's PCs have multiple cores, and some
predict 1000-core machines in the near future.  Google, Yahoo and others
run MapReduce or Hadoop on thousands of machines to
answer search queries, among other things.  D. E. Shaw Research is building a massively
parallel machine to simulate molecular dynamics.  Climate scientists
predict the evolution of the earth's climate on parallel machines.
Amazon's EC^2 enables users to run jobs on a "cloud" of PCs.

The evolution of parallel computing from primarily an academic subject
in the '80s to its realization today is an exciting development.
This DIMACS workshop will bring together some of the leading researchers
and practitioners involved in parallel computing to describe their
work.  Attendees will discuss, for example:
* how parallel computing in its various forms is used today;
* what new uses and programming abstractions will arise by 2020;
* what parallel computers will look like in 2020;  and
* how to model parallelism theoretically.

The workshop will occur on March 14-16, the first two days of which
will be devoted to invited talks, the last to contributed talks.