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Parallel Computers Will Be Everywhere: How will we use them?

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CISE Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 11:00am, Rm. 110


Parallel Computers Will Be Everywhere:

How will we use them?


Dr. Frances Allen

IBM T. J. Watson Research Center





Multi-core computers are ushering in a new era of parallelism everywhere. As more cores (and parallelism) are added, the potential performance of the hardware will continue to increase. But how will users and applications take advantage of all the parallelism? The talk will focus on the role programming languages and compilers must play to achieve both application performance and programmer productivity. The speaker's personal experiences with languages and compilers for high performance systems will provide the basis for her observations. The talk is intended to encourage the exploration of new approaches towards making parallel systems more efficient and much easier to use.





Fran Allen is an IBM Fellow Emerita at the T. J. Watson Research Laboratory with a specialty in compilers and program optimization for high performance computers. This work led to Allen being named the recipient of ACM's 2006 Turing Award "For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution."


She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, ACM, IEEE, and the Computer History Museum and has served on numerous national technology boards including CISE at the National Science Foundation and the CSTB for the National Research Council. Her awards include five honorary doctorates, two mentoring awards, and an IBM graduate scholarship for women named for her. 


* If you would like to arrange a meeting with Dr. Allen, please contact Dawn Patterson (ext. 7097).


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