Welcome to the multi-core world
IT is a sector whose only constant is change, and success often hinges on staying one step ahead of the technology.
A New Zealand-based company called Open Parallel is putting its money on multi-core processors, and in particular the ‘parallel programming’ software which is vital for maximising their power potential.
Nicolas Erdody, director of Open Parallel, says multi-core processors arose when vendors found they were unable to put more power into their single-core chips without overheating them.
The problem now, Erdody says, is that software is still being written with single-core chips in mind.
This is also the opportunity.
Open Parallel has been working on parallel programming in conjunction with Intel since 2010, and is hosting a global conference in Wellington next year, called Multicore World 2012, as part of its efforts to establish New Zealand as a centre of excellence in multi-core and parallel computing.
The keynote speaker at the conference will be James Reinders, chief evangelist for Intel and parallel programming spokesperson.
Erdody and Reinders are to deliver a presentation on multicore technology at a media event tomorrow. Both will also speak at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Rutherford Innovation Showcase event taking place at Te Papa on Thursday and Friday.