Many software engineers are now faced with the challenge of how to develop software that harnesses the performance of multiple cores whilst attempting to minimise the power dissipation. The Multicore Challenge, held annually in Bristol at the University of the West of England, is focused on this topic. It aims to bring together the major multicore semiconductor companies, major tool vendors and users for a pragmatic, hands-on day. And this year will see even more talks, presentations and labs from more providers and users.

The day has 3 major themes, the first being homogeneous vs. heterogeneous architectures. The two keynotes will address this topic. Firstly David May, of Bristol University and XMOS, will open the debate with an historic perspective and then Tony King-Smith, VP of Marketing at Imagination Technologies, will argue the case for heterogeneous architectures. ARM, Intel, NVIDIA and Imagination Technologies will all present their respective multicore solutions for higher performance and lower power, and there will be in-depth discussions on these topics in parallel sessions.

Entry is free for the whole day due to the kind sponsorship from the South West Microelectronics iNet, the ESP KTN and Test and verification Solutions. Refreshments will be provided.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to network, so make sure you register here.