Monday, February 07, 2011

DIMACS Worskhop on Parallelism: Call for Talks

The DIMACS Workshop on Parallelism is soliciting contributed talks (deadline Feb 9!). Sergei Vassilvitskii offers the following synopsis with information on submission.

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 EC2 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.

Those wishing to give a contributed talk must submit a one-page description of their work, with additional material (such as a paper) optional, to  howard@research.att.com by February 9, 2011. Should there be an excess of submissions, the organizers will select the contributed talks according to the summaries submitted.
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