[sf-lug] BayPIGgies meeting Thursday, June 24, 2010: Exploiting Parallelism - A Concise and Practical Introduction
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Mon Jun 21 20:26:06 PDT 2010
BayPIGgies meeting Thursday, June 24, 2010: Exploiting Parallelism - A
Concise and Practical Introduction
Tonight's talk is
* Exploiting Parallelism - A Concise and Practical
Introduction, by Minesh B. Amin,
the first part of a two-part presentation
Meetings usually start with a Newbie Nugget, a short discussion of
an essential Python feature, especially for those new to Python.
Tonight's Newbie Nugget: A Documentation Tip
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------------------------ Agenda ------------------------
..... 7:30 PM ...........................
General hubbub, inventory end-of-meeting announcements, any
..... 7:35 PM to 7:45 PM ................
Newbie Nugget: A Documentation Tip
..... 7:45 PM to 8:40 PM (or so) ................
June 24, 2010 -- First of a two-part presentation:
Exploiting Parallelism - A Concise and Practical Introduction
by Minesh B. Amin
In his book In Search of Clusters, Gregory Pfister said it best.
To paraphrase, there are three ways to do anything faster: work
harder, work smarter, or get help. In computer-speak, this
roughly translates to: increase processor speed, improve
algorithms, or exploit parallelism.
With processor speeds no longer doubling every eighteen months,
and little or no room left for improvements in serial
algorithms, exploiting parallelism is the one frontier with
the potential for delivering huge improvements in performance.
This talk introduces terminology and concepts to develop an
understanding of how to exploit parallelism; present mental
models for decomposing problems to exploit parallelism; and
apply these concepts to survey available solutions, including
Open MPI, Open MP, MapReduce/Hadoop, Intel threading blocks,
Python multiprocessing module, and a handful of commercial
Minesh B. Amin is the founder and CEO of MBA Sciences, which
recently introduced the SPM.Python product that enables users
to easily create parallel applications using an integrated
Python API and framework. Minesh received his PhD in Computer
Science from the University of Minnesota and moved to the
Silicon Valley, developing software solutions at ViewLogic
and Synopsys prior to starting MBA Sciences in 2006. He is a
big fan of the Python language and in his spare time enjoys
Pink Floyd, House, hiking and firing up a barbecue grill,
though not necessarily in that order. :-)
..... 8:50 PM to 9:30 PM ................
Mapping and Random Access
Mapping is a rapid-fire audience announcement of issues, hiring,
events, and other topics.
Random Access follows people immediately to allow follow up on the
announcements and other interests.
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