Professor Wen-mei W. Hwu, IMPACT research group, UIUC
- Monday 2/16/2009 at 11AM
- Siebel Center 4405
The computer industry is going through an exciting, disruptive transformation due to its switch to massive parallelism in processor design. Today, more than 100 million computers are running parallelized applications 20-100 times faster than their sequential versions. According to the semiconductor industry road map, parallelism could provide over 3,000 times speedup over sequential execution by year 2016. Such a dramatic increase in computation power has already enabled revolutionary work, or time warp, in science and engineering disciplines such as computational chemistry, biomedical imaging, remote sensing and astrophysics. This talk is designed to provide insight into the opportunities that these inexpensive parallel computers offer to young computing researchers. I will start with a brief introduction to the parallelism movement and a case study on how parallelism is revolutionizing an entire discipline. I will then describe how UIUC is leading this exciting revolution with major initiatives in new parallel applications, programming tools, educational materials ([courses.ece.uiuc.edu/ece498/al]), the Rigel processor, and large-scale systems.