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Everyone has a dream

We all have dreams, but it often takes a lot of work to make them come true. More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, a great American, delivered a seminal speech calling for equality in the United States. In my opinion, inherent in that speech and throughout his life's work, was an understanding that inequality is expressed in different ways in all sectors of a society.

Humanity+ Conference at Caltech, Transhumanism

This year Caltech hosted the Humanity+ conference. I had been given a press pass to attend, but for a variety of reasons, plus perhaps a bit of stay at home fever on my part  I chose to send my avator to the conference instead, no, actually I streamed it instead. I sat transfixed in front of my computer for most of the first day and for as as much as I had time to the second day which was unfortunately just a few hours. I am only going to touch upon some of the many ideas that were discussed, and hope I do justice to them.  Please forgive me if I misquote anyone.

Check out the Intel Academic Community Newsletter for October 2010

Click the image below to view our newsletter and catch up on the Intel Academic Community’s work around the world!

Stories include:

  • Visvesvaraya Technology University and Intel Multicore Curriculum Revision
  • Coming Soon-- Live streaming of Supercomputing 2010 in New Orleans
  • Teaching Parallelism Through Gaming-- University of Southern California
  • 3 Tips to Parallelize Your Code-- How to Avoid being Pelted by Grapefruit-sized Hailstones
  • Missed the Academic Community at IDF?

Sea of cores: we're missing the ship

We're now a few hours past the IDF panel session.  Matt Wolf and I had the chance to have a really great discussion with a group of developers and professors who were interested in addressing the issues of parallelism within education from the architecture and operating systems perspective.

Here are some things we learned:

  • Parallelism can be used to describe both hardware and software... and it can be easy to confuse which one you're talking about. Clear abstractions and definitions are needed - students don't respond well to ambiguity.

Sea of cores: Updates from the Beagle's journey

We just had our IDF panel a few hours ago, as promised in the earlier blog post.  I made a comparison of our current state of the art in parallel computing to a quote that I got out of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, and it led to some interesting ripples in the subsequent discussion that I thought I'd share.

Serial Girl in a Parallel World

We hear from industry that they're looking for developers with experience in parallel programming. We see a demand for the processing power and speed that can only come from multiple cores working in cooperation, but university curricula, especially in the US, hasn't kept speed with the demand… Parallelism is still seen as something as reserved for HPC, PhD's, and the most devoted of gear heads.

The academic community manager looks back at 2009

Hello, we've got some exciting new projects coming in 2010, but first, a review of the high points of 2009 seems in order. Last year the Academic Community really began to flourish; with our members active participation and leadership, we were able to really make an impact on advancing and expanding parallel programming curricula around the world. Model courses were accepted at institutions in China and the US. The community grew to 3500 members, in 86 different countries and significant programs to encourage parallel programming models were launched in India, Romania, and Jordan.
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