[hcs-d] TALK: The Onset of Parallelism, Changes in Computer Architecture and Microsoft's Role in the Transition (David Rich from Microsoft Research, Tuesday April 19th, 8:35 PM, Harvard MD G125)

Nicolas Pinto pinto at mit.edu
Sat Apr 16 21:38:08 EDT 2011

Title: The Onset of Parallelism, Changes in Computer Architecture and
Microsoft's Role in the Transition
Speaker:  David Rich (Microsoft Research)

Date: 4-19-2011
Time: 8:35 PM
Location: Harvard Maxwell Dworkin G125 (http://j.mp/eCgV66)

Harvard CS264 2011 Guest Lecture Series
"Massively Parallel Computing" Course
Host: Nicolas Pinto (Harvard, MIT)


Computing performance continues to rise, but seemingly only at the
cost of increased complexity and programming challenge.  Architectures
are changing and may become more diverse in the near future.  This
talk will discuss the progression of computer architecture while
relating that progression to building construction.  Microsoft's plans
for parallel programming and supporting frameworks will also be

Speaker biography:

David joined Microsoft as part of the acquisition of Interactive
Supercomputing where he was VP of Marketing. At Microsoft his focus is
on developing strategy and business and is now focused on both GPU
computing and the manufacturing vertical. Previous to Microsoft and
ISC, he was director of marketing at AMD where he started and ran
AMD's HPC and high-end embedded businesses.  He also served as
president of the Hypertransport Consortium.  His experience includes
VP business development and VP marketing assignments at Fujitsu, and
startups API Networks and Dolphin Interconnect.  He started and
managed the TotalView Parallel Debugger business and in the very early
days worked on BBN Butterfly parallel computers and Apollo
workstations. His only job writing code was Z80 assembler for an SNA
(3274) protocol converter.  He has a degree in computer science from
Brown University.

Nicolas Pinto, PhD

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