IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium


Technical Committee on
Parallel Processing

TCPP Reception & General Membership Meeting

All IPDPS 2006 attendees are invited to attend the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) General Membership meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 6PM in the Foyer Lobby of the Rodos Palace Hotel in Rhodes Island, Greece.

At this light reception, TCPP Chair David A. Bader will give a brief "State of the Committee" report, followed by an invited talk by Randy Moulic, Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, titled To PetaFLOPS and Beyond! (... or, How I Learned to Stop Paying So Much for FLOPS, and Started Having More Fun).


To PetaFLOPS and  Beyond!  (... or, How I Learned to Stop Paying So Much for FLOPS, and Started Having More Fun)

Randy Moulic, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Technology advancements have steadily driven down the cost of large computing platforms while simultaneously pushing up computing capabilities.  Supercomputing systems, for example, have seen two major transformations in price and performance in recent years: first, from an infusion of RISC workstation technologies, then by an "attack of killer (personal computer) micros." 

Today, technological innovations from of all places, consumer game consoles, are poised to disrupt, and re-direct, high performance computing, yet again.  At the crest of this "new wave" of computing is
Sony-IBM-Toshiba's Cell Broadband Engine. Targeted initially for mass market personal entertainment devices, Cell BE's clever design point has also enabled it to support a wide range of traditional technical and scientific compute intensive needs.

This presentation will begin with a brief overview of Cell BE's internal architecture and performance characteristics; describe its adoption to general purpose computing systems that are just now entering the commercial computing systems space; and finally focus on how the foundations being provided by Cell BE are guiding us toward future, more powerful, flexible processors and computing systems.

About the Speaker
Dr. Randy Moulic is an IEEE Fellow, and Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In over 32 years of R&D work at IBM, he has participated in the development and design of many high performance and personal computing systems, including the RS6000/Scalable Parallel supercomputers, IntelliStation and Cell Processor graphics workstations, ThinkPad "TransNote" laptop, and CrossPad digital notepad. Additionally, Dr. Moulic founded, organized and directed the DeepBlue computer chess project, initiating the first exhibition match events with World Champions Gary Kasparov and Anotoly Karpov.

Currently, Dr. Moulic is architect and designer of enterprise information technologies for aerospace and defense applications. His research interest areas range from system design, optical fiber communication, signal processing, high speed electronic circuit design, to application software programming.

Dr. Moulic has authored many technical papers, and has been awarded several patents. He has been an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Columbia University and Polytechnic University, and also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corp.


IPDPS 2006 was a fantastic success & we look forward to seeing you in 2007. The 2007 Call for Papers will be posted shortly.

In the mean time, please download the slides presented by the TCPP Reception Speaker, Randy Moulic from the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
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