If you couldn’t make it to Anchorage for IPDPS 2011, keynotes and plenary sessions are now available for viewing in their video archive. Intel’s Robert Chesebrough attended, and had this to say about the panel discussion there on The Last 25 Years of Parallel Computing:
“Some of the positive vibes from this panel included how the last 25 years have seen impressive gains in performance as a result of parallelism. LINPAC numbers have improved from 70 -80 flops on a single 1980’s vintage 6800 based processor on LINPAC 30 years ago, to 1.2 PetaFlops today – a 150 trillion fold increase. Advances during these same years have demonstrated the value of parallel computing to an audience much wider than the typical IPDPS audience and the need for parallel education is being noted by key panelists at the conference.