ECE Distinguished Lecture - Dr. Burton Smith/Microsoft Research, "Fine-Grain Communication", ACES 2.302
Type of Talk: ECE Distinguished Lecture Series
iliation: Dr. Burton Smith/Microsoft Research
Date/Time: Thursday, Oc
tober 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Location: ACES 2.302
Talk Title: "Fin
Abstract: The changes afoot in computer archite
cture are shifting our focus toward parallel computing in both SIMD and MIM
D style. Despite the skeptics who point to Amdahl''s Law and cite the diffi
culty in making nearly everything run in parallel, the HPC community has h
ad little trouble with Amdahl''s Law thanks to ever-growing problem scale.
The skeptics are right, though; it''s just that the solution they natural
ly point to, higher single thread performance, is perhaps less effective
than another strategy, namely finer parallelism granularity. Accomplishing
this will require lower overhead communication among sub-computations, a
challenge that has so far been neglected by most of the computer architectu
re community. This talk is an attempt to kindle interest in the subject.
Bio: Burton J. Smith, Technical Fellow for Microsoft Corporation, work
s with various groups within the company to define and expand efforts in th
e areas of parallel and high performance computing. He received the Seymour
Cray Award and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.
He received the Eckert-Mauchly Award in 1991 and was elected a fellow of t
he IEEE and ACM in 1994. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of A
rts and Sciences in 2010. Smith attended the University of New Mexico, whe
re he earned a BSEE degree, and MIT, where he earned SM, EE, and Sc.D d