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January 22, 2009
URBANA, Ill., Jan. 22 -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is launching a 13-week seminar series on emerging applications for parallel computing, bringing together hardware engineers with the software developers who require parallel processing to create faster and superior applications.
The Need for Speed Series, which begins Jan. 28, will feature world-class application experts from industry and academia who will discuss how increased computing performance will revolutionize their fields.
Speakers such as Tim Sweeney, founder and president of Epic Games, Sam Blackman, CEO of Elemental Technologies, and Mark Johns, an Illinois alum and iPhone application developer, will help forecast breakthroughs enabled by the rapid advances in computing performance per dollar, performance per watt, or storage capacity provided by Moore's Law.
"Understanding computing from an applications perspective has become even more important as we cruise along the trend lines forecast by Moore's Law into the multi-core era," said Sanjay Patel, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois. Patel is a co-organizer of the event with Illinois Professor and parallel computing pioneer Wen-mei Hwu.
"This seminar series will exhibit how parallel processing will enable us to continue building better imaging techniques for medical applications, more impressive cell phone software, and ultra-realistic video gaming capabilities, among other applications," he says.
Moore's Law holds that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years, thereby also doubling computing performance. However, experts project that in the near future, the industry will not be able to continue improving the performance of a single processor at the same rate. Parallel computing bypasses the problem by using multiple processors that run in parallel to increase computational speed beyond the capabilities of a single processor.
The Need for Speed series will be held at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesdays at the UI's Coordinated Science Laboratory. Seminars will stream live over the internet and speakers will take questions from both in-house and online audience members.
To learn more about the series, or to view the live seminars, visit http://www.parallel.illinois.edu/seminars/speed/index.html.
Parallel Computing at Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-leader in parallel computing research and education. Current efforts include Blue Waters, which will be the world's first sustained-petascale computational system when it opens in 2011; Universal Parallel Computing Research Center; Gigascale Systems Research Center; Cloud Computing Testbed; CUDA Center of Excellence; Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies; and OpenSPARC Center of Excellence.
For more information on parallel computing at Illinois, visit www.parallel.illinois.edu.
Need for Speed Seminar Schedule
Jan. 28 – David Kirk, Special Keynote, NVIDIA
Feb. 4 – Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Speech, Illinois
Feb. 11 – Sam Blackman, Video, Elemental Technologies
Feb. 18 – Keith Thulborn, Medical Imaging, UI-Chicago
Feb. 25 – Dan Roth, Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing, Illinois
March 4 – Narendra Ahuja, Computer Vision, Illinois
March 11 – Stephen Boppart, Medical Imaging, Illinois
March 18 – John C. Hart, Graphics, Illinois
April 1 – Nikola Bozinovic, Video Processing, MotionDSP
April 8 – Mark Johns, Mobile Gaming, Tapulous
April 15 – Tom Huang, Video Processing, Illinois
April 22 – Tim Sweeney, Gaming, Epic Games
April 29 – Seth Hutchinson, Robotics, Illinois
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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