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Multicore World 2018 – Nicolás Erdödy (Open Parallel – New Zealand, Moderator); John Gustafson (A*STAR, Singapore); Martin Hilgeman (Dell-EMC, Netherlands); Dan Stanzione (Texas Advanced Computing Center -TACC, USA).


Updated 11 February 2019

Panels are one of the most lively parts of Multicore World. Each topic is both challenging and broad enough to entice speakers and audience to openly debate towards mutual enlightenment. The moderator triggers the debate presenting a few questions as guidelines and the panel and audience freely discuss around the topic. No slides are used. Controversial opinions are encouraged: it’s a debate after all!

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 Updated 11 February 2019


Panel 1 – Tuesday 12 February 2019 – 3:30 pm – 4:10 pm

The S in IoT is for Security.
And the H?

Given the lightbulb in your toilet is connected to the Internet, security has to be the responsibility of the vendors, not the end user: Every IoT product should have a security emergency scenario built-in. Should we be more worried about the impact of cyber attacks because of IoT?

More down to earth: Every programmer needs to know the basics of processor and systems architectures but…Where is IoT in HPC?. Someone would claim that it is non-existent and that would be a shame.

Related to that, does the HPC community care about fault tolerance in software?

And let’s think through primary sector applications: i.e. Precision Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. What new problems does precision primary industry bring to computing? What new opportunities do HPC and IoT bring to primary industry? How do we bridge the gap between the large amounts of data we could record and the people who need to respond to it?

Beckman, Moir, Schramm, Seager, Vincent


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Panel 2 – Wednesday 13 February 2019 – 3:30 pm – 4:10 pm

Strategies to grow an economy with HPC

This panel should explore opportunities and models for midsized countries like Australia and New Zealand.

Can you give examples where high-end HPC projects and/or Multicore R&D have been adjusted down to fit the smaller sized companies and economies?

Would you consider that “the funding cycle” makes scientists lazy performance-wise? i.e. High-end projects accept too many customised proprietary “solutions” by vendors. Are these extremely high-end HPC projects a good use of public funds? Are the software investments made for the long term, or do we code for today, not tomorrow?

Do you envisage potential gaps in mature markets -such as Finite Element Modelling, brought by new Exascale architectures?

What economic growth strategies would you suggest that apply next gen computing to the primary sector, while processing a systems conversion / transformation from “the first” generation of computing (~ 60-70 years of IT) into the Exascale era? and how would this impact New Zealand?

Ang, Ensor, Fox, Matsuoka, Vetter (plus contributions from Seager 😉

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Panel 3 – Thursday 14 February 2019 – 11:35 am – 12:10 pm

Multicore, IoT and the OS – Close to the Edge?

TOP500 supercomputers run Linux. Embedded systems run (sort of) Linux. Mobile phones run Android (based on Linux). Have we reached some kind of optimum? Or is this just a historical/commercial accident? Can we reach exascale size with IoT data? What do we actually need from exascale operating systems? And can an exascale OS run well on IoT at all? Do we even know what questions to ask?
And…what could we do for/from New Zealand?

Blanchard, Foster, Hendel, van der Pas, Stark


Yes-close to the edge

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These were the panels at Multicore World 2018.



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