David Patterson, former ACM President and Director of University of California, Berkeley's Parallel Computing Laboratory and the UC Berkeley Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory, will give a lecture entitled "The Parallel Revolution Has Started: Are You Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 8. The lecture will be available via a live video stream.
In his speech, Patterson will explain:
Why the La-Z-Boy era of programming is over;
The implications to the IT industry if the parallel revolution should fail;
The opportunities and pitfalls of this revolution;
What Berkeley is doing to try to be near the forefront of this revolution.
If time permits, Patterson will also explain Roofline, the intuitive visual performance model for multicore architectures, which is featured in the April 2009 issue of Communications of the ACM.