UTCS Colloquium/Architecture: Kunle Olukotun/Stanford University: Toward Pervasive Parallelism: Parallel Applications without Parallel Programming ACES 2.402 Monday October 13 2008 3:30 p.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Oct 13, 2008 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquium/Architecture

Speaker/Affiliation: Ku

nle Olukotun/Stanford University

Date/Time: Monday October 13 200

8 3:30 p.m.

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: Lizy John

T

alk Title:
Towards Pervasive Parallelism: Parallel Applications without

Parallel Programming

Talk Abstract:
Now that we are firmly entren

ched in the multicore
architecture era to take full advantage of these

architectures many application developers will
have to develop pa

rallel applications. However
today parallel programming is so difficu

lt that it is
only practiced by a few elite programmers. Thus
a ke

y research question is what set of hardware
and software technologies w

ill make parallel
computation accessible to average programmers.
In
this talk I will outline the approach we are taking
to answer this qu

estion in the Stanford Pervasive
Parallelism Laboratory.

Speaker
Bio:
Kunle Olukotun is a Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Co

mputer Science at Stanford
University where he has been on the faculty

since
1992. Olukotun has been a researcher in and
proponent of chip
multiprocessor technology since
the mid 1990''s. Olukotun is well know

n for leading
the Stanford Hydra research project which developed
o

ne of the first chip multiprocessors with support for
thread-level spec

ulation (TLS). Olukotun founded Afara
Websystems to develop high-throug

hput low power
server systems with chip multiprocessor technology.
Afara was acquired by Sun Microsystems; the Afara
microprocessor tech

nology called Niagara is the basis
of systems that have become one of
Sun''s fastest
ramping products ever. Olukotun is actively involved in research in computer architecture parallel programming
environmen

ts and scalable parallel systems. Olukotun
currently directs the Perva

sive Parallelism Lab (PPL)
which seeks to proliferate the use of paral

lelism in all
application areas.

Olukotun is an ACM Fellow and I

EEE Fellow. He has
authored many papers on CMP design and parallel

software and recently completed a book on CMP
architecture. Olukotun re

ceived his Ph.D. in Computer
Engineering from The University of Michiga

n.