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Braided Parallelism: A Programmer's Perspective

VIP Speaker: Benedict Gaster - Braided Parallelism: A Programmers Perspective. Also featuring a new event format - HAC: HPC and GPU Supercomputing Acceleration Challenge


Come for Table discussions, Member Self-Intro, What's New, Application Showcase, and Advanced Application Development Techniques! Exchange ideas, meet experts, share code... all HPC & GPU, all practical, all cutting-edge.



General Discussions:

6:15-6:30pm    What’s new in HPC & GPU Supercomputing

6:30-6:45pm    Member self-intros: 30 seconds for each member


Main Program:

6:45-7:45pm  Braided Parallelism - A Programmers Perspective (Ben Gaster, Ph.D.)

7:45-7:50pm  Break

7:50-8:20pm  HAC: HPC and GPU Supercomputing Acceleration Challenge (Greg Gibbons, Ph.D.)


Book Review:

8:20-8:30pm Selected Chapters


Braided Parallelism - A Programmers Perspective

GPU architectures are often described in confusing and overly optimistic terms. The AMD Fusion APU architecture provides improvements in communication latency and bandwidth between devices, so the problem of choosing the right core on which to execute code becomes both more acute and more flexible as communication between tasks becomes easier. But as the CPU and GPU become ever closer how does one program these machines? This talk takes a look at these emerging architectures and touches on the current parallel programming models for CPUs and GPGPUs and follows this with a what future programming models for heterogeneous architectures will look like.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Benedict R. Gaster is a software architect working on programming models for next-generation heterogeneous processors, particularly examining high-level abstractions for parallel programming on the emerging class of processors that contain both CPUs and accelerators such as GPUs. He has contributed extensively to the OpenCL’s design and has represented AMD at the Khronos Group open standard consortium. He has a Ph.D. in computer science for his work on type systems for extensible records and variants.



Room 109/110; 
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley; 
NASA Research Park Bldg 23; 
Mountain View, CA 94043; 

Directions to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley; 

Google Map showing parking, check point, and building entrance; 

NOTE: You will need a government issued ID (e.g. Driver's License) to enter NASA Research Park

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  • Calisa

    Enjoyed both talks a lot. The HAC concept has a lot of potential, especially if we can follow up a month or two later to see if it helped the person who presented.

    October 12, 2011

  • Greg G.

    As the HAC presenter of the evening, I was extremely pleased with the response. These people really like getting into a problem. I was concerned that I was too much a novice in the GPU field to be able to say anything of interest to this group, but the response was enthusiastic and very helpful. It was excellent.

    October 11, 2011

  • Greg G.

    It was a good topic and generated questions and a good discussion. I am not well versed in the topic and so did not understand the talk very well.

    October 11, 2011

  • Benedict G.

    But I would say that.

    October 11, 2011

  • fakharu

    I really liked the people and the talk.

    October 11, 2011

  • Yannis M.

    Interesting presentation from AMD. The discussion on was lively and interesting.

    October 11, 2011

  • Geri L.

    Excellent energy.

    October 11, 2011

  • gary p.

    I thought the meeting was excellent from the organizational, presentational and informative standpoints. Great job.

    October 11, 2011

  • Mike D.

    I thoroughly enjoyed last nights meetup. I even liked the HAC segment and I think its a good idea.

    October 11, 2011

  • Monish T.

    Koduos to Jike for the new HAC format. This format is very exciting for people like me who are trying to use the GPU to solve challenging problems in their respective domain of expertise. I am looking forward to more learning experiences like this in the future!

    October 11, 2011

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