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Panel to deliberate on challenges on Parallel Programming at Aurora

As part of Aurora, the Infosys research showcase event on 19th and 20th Oct, at USC, LA, I am chairing  a panel discussion that will explore how organizations can adopt parallelization trends to its fullest potential additionally in view of the emerging hardware trends of multi-core, disttributed systems trends like grids, and the latest scale-out trends in distributed computing like cloud architectures.  It will discuss

  • Inherent lack of parallelism in the legacy applications and will examine how static and dynamic program analysis techniques could be used to identify opportunities for parallelism in legacy applications
  • Different kinds of parallelisms and explore how parallelism constructs such as Open MP , CUDA etc could be used to annotate programs
  • ‘Coarse-grained’ and ‘Fine-grained’ parallelisms (e.g. Grid vs. Multi-core/GPGPU) and will attempt to build a consensus around the desired application characteristics that are ideal to exploit parallelism
  • The role of cloud computing as a serious architectural option for commercial HPC applications via exploitation of large-scale parallel computing on commodity clusters


The panelists include:

Professor Laxmikant Kale, Professor in the Computer Science department, and the leader of the Parallel Programming Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Professor Viktor Prasanna, Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Southern California

Prof. Calton Pu, Professor and John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair in Software College of Computing, Georgia Tech

Dr. Priya Vasishtha, Department of Physics and Astronomy, USC

Dan Seely, CTO, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Civil Systems Division

Elaine Zamani, Office of the Chief Information Officer, JPL

Hope to see exciting disucssions and fruitful debates ..

Keep watching this space..

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