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Which are the BIG questions that you expect to discuss at Multicore World 2020?

Every year we invite our attendees to write their expectations (through the registration form -it’s completely optional) so we can discuss them collectively during the sessions, and speakers have an idea a priori of which are the expectations from the audience.

Please take a few minutes and share your vision on what should we be discussing in February 2020 at the 9th Multicore World


Multicore World 2012 – Josh Bailey (Google)


BIG Questions from Multicore World 2019

Updated 10 February 2019

  • How to adjust computer architectures in a world where traditional technology is not scaling in a sufficient way?
  • How do you know you’re getting the “right answer”? And how much accuracy do you actually need in your answers (not in the method of computing the answer)?
  • How would companies run NS3 applications on the Cloud using a variety of vendor’s networking models in a secure fashion?
  • What are the biggest challenges currently facing artificial intelligence?
  • Do we need to be concerned that the knowledge about processors and systems seems to go downhill? Are we doing enough to make the next generation of developers to “think parallel”?
  • How to guide and Drive semiconductor innovation to maximize efficiencies of large scale Data Centers?
  • Virtualisation of heterogenous computing elements for HPC e.g. steps to make different architectures accessible via VMMs for on-demand interactive computing needs. Something like that at least. 🙂
  • With CPU progress continuing to remain relatively stagnant, what are some of the potentially big disruptions that are poised to shake up the HPC space?
  • How do we cope with the extreme complexity being thrust on us with the end of Moore’s Law?
  • Keeping New Zealand a place of possibilities in IT, how to be leaders like NZ was with women voting, antiracism & the Rainbow Warrior?
  • How to apply novel architectures for accelerators (networking, crypto and others) in the datacenter while not breaking current models of deployment and allowing everything to be controlled by the operating system in a logical manner?
  • Future for ageing Geeks?
  • The future of GPU-based storage?
  • What are the coming hardware limitations for computing that need to be overcome with future materials choices, or that require new modalities of computing and logic (e.g. superconducting, quantum, neuromorphic computing)? What are the anticipated timelines for reaching these limits of performance, power, energy use…? Where can advanced materials research in New Zealand and elsewhere partner to address these problems?
  • Is the Age of Linux coming to an end? Linux is everywhere, from embedded systems and smartphones up to hyperscale datacenters, but there are signs the big players may be contemplating a switch away from it (e.g. Google’s Fuchsia project –

  • Security is a cat-and-mouse game, and ever more sophisticated attacks require more and more resources to mitigate. With the end of Moore’s Law and cost scaling, how will we cope?

  • Are we as a research and engineering community doing enough to uphold privacy and ethics in the face of mass data collection and surveillance capitalism?

  • Space for YOUR Big Question…!



Learn about colleagues who where at Multicore World 2019:



Multicore World 2018 – Robert O’Brien (New Zealand)


Multicore World 2018 – BIG Questions

Updated 6 February 2018

  • How can we restore reproducibility?
  • How do we take potential into reality…
  • HPC and Business Versus Fidelity
  • What are the requirements and implications of HPC/BD/ML’s convergence for system software?
  • What are the implications of widely heterogeneous computing on system software
  • How will future HPC hardware look like?
  • Scalability of compute and storage resources within New Zealand versus cloud-based resources
  • The end of Moores Law (or Moores Law going backwards)
  • Death of the POSIX file-system
  • How does IoT and Computing on the Edge influence HPC?
  • Blockchain will be an interesting topic even if it’s a short-lived one.
  • The state of AI and how it influences developments in HPC
  • “Blockchain” -a huge buzzword, interested on how much of it is hype versus how much lasting potential the technology will have.
  • Panel on Meltdown/Spectre: for some workloads, these chip design flaws effectively dialed back a modest amount of progress.
  • Privacy, Human Rights, and Ethics in the Big Data era
  • Discuss specific niche workloads where Meltdown resulted in a large performance penalty as well, or if the impact is most severely limited to custom-tailored, worst-case-scenario benchmarks.


Learn about your colleagues who were at Multicore World 2018:


MW17 Day1 Ensor Harding

Multicore World 2017 – Andrew Ensor (AUT, NZ), Piers Harding (Catalyst, NZ)


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Multicore World 2014 – Cristina Cifuentes (Oracle Labs, Australia)


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