Quick study on Fortress

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You may recall that one of the things that came of of Sun’s failed bid in the DARPA HPCS program is Fortress, Sun’s proposed parallel programming language. Josh Simons posted a slide deck that intros Fortress up on his blog at Sun’s web site

Sun logoI gave a short talk about Fortress, a new parallel language, at the Sun HPC Workshop in Regensburg, Germany and thought I’d post the slides here with commentary. Since I’m certainly not a Fortress expert by any stretch of the imagination, my intent was to give the audience a feel for the language and its origins rather than attempt a deep dive in any particular area. Christine Flood from the SunLabs Programming Languages Research Group helped me with the slides. I also stole liberally from presentations and other materials created by other Fortress team members.

I’m basically willing to listen to a talk from anybody who admits up front to stealing liberally from other presentations. Yay honesty.