Conference:Multicore Challenge 2014 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker:David May

  • Professor of Computer Science at University of Bristol
  • Founder of XMOS
Presentation Title:Clouds, Wearables and ‘Things’
Abstract:The two major computer architectures in use today were both designed for PCs. High performance computers and clouds have been built from collections of performance optimised PC processors; smartphones have been built from energy optimised PC processors.  The use of these architectures along with specialised accelerators has given rise to extraordinary complexity both in hardware and software.Historically, the massive volumes in the PC market made it possible to justify the costs of this complexity and of sustaining Moore’s Law. But the PC is now an endangered species. It seems timely to ask if this architectural approach can meet the needs of the next generation of computer based products and whether Moore’s Law is still relevant.

I will explore some of the opportunities for computer architecture in a world where most of the processors are used either to construct the ‘cloud’ or to build the billions of ‘things’ that connect to it.

BiographyDavid graduated in Computer Science from Cambridge University in 1972 and then spent several years working on architectures and languages for distributed processing. In 1979 he joined Inmos and then spent 16 years in the semiconductor industry. David was the architect of the Inmos Transputer – the first microprocessor designed to support multiprocessing – and the designer of the OCCAM concurrent programming language. David joined Bristol University as Head of Computer Science in 1995 and continued an active involvement with Bristol’s microelectronics cluster and its investors. He has 50 granted patents centred around microprocessor technology. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1990 for his contributions to computer architecture and parallel computing, and a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.