Jim Cownie, Intel

 

 

 

Name: Jim Cownie

Designation: Principal Engineer, Intel

Title: Beyond Threads

Abstract:

Threads (pthreads or winthreads) are the “default” approach to introducing parallelism into applications. In this talk I will explain why threads are the wrong abstraction, and show other options that are both simpler to use and more scaleable than threads.

Biography:

Jim started working on parallel programming at Inmos with Dave May in 1979.  He is one of the founders of Meiko a (now extinct) parallel super-computer company that was based at Aztec West, and was a sub-committee chair on the MPI-1 forum.  He now works for Intel (from his house in Bishopston) worrying about how to make it easy for people to program all the cores Intel insists on making.

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