Sponsored By: AMD™ (@AMD), Intel™ (@intel), Altera™ (@alteracorp), The Khronos Group™ (@thekhronosgroup), YetiWare (@YetiWare), DCSIL (@uoft_dcsil)
This 'Trends Session' will bring executives up to date with developments in the computer processor and software industry that will enable their business applications to run significantly faster. With so many disruptive and revolutionary changes to the processor industry, such as the widespread adoption of heterogeneous parallel processors (GPUs, FPGAs, and Intel Xeon Phis™), you need to become aware of what is already happening and the trends to leverage and plan for. Strategic overviews of what is coming next that you as a senior IT/C-Level executive need to know and how you can leverage it. As more companies see the need for big data and data science,the need for faster speeds and lower energy costs are on the top of mind for CEO's, CIO's, CTO's and all end users of the data analysis - Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Actuaries, Product Development, etc.
Get answers to questions such as:
1. Can parallel heterogeneous computing work for my business applications, and if so, how?
2. How much faster will heterogeneous computing make our business applications?
3. How much would we save in energy costs by moving to heterogeneous computing in our data centers?
4. Which applications are 'made for' parallel computing?
Hear from speakers representing processor manufacturers, academia, software developers, and The Khronos Group™ (the standards body coordinating the OpenCL™ parallel heterogeneous computing revolution through open standards).
Nick Finamore Marketing Manager for FPGA SW Developer Tools,
Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (previously Altera)
Nick is technology executive with more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor, computing, wired and wireless networking industries. For the past 4 years Nick has been with Altera Corporation leading the computing acceleration initiative and the marketing of Altera’s software development tools including the award winning SDK for OpenCL. Prior to joining Altera, Nick held several positions with early stage companies. This includes CEO of Wi-Fi device developer Engim Corp(Acq Edgewater), VP of Sales and Marketing of IoT Zigbee device vendor Ember Corp(Acq SiLabs) and VP of Sales for network processor vendor Netronome. Nick also had an 18 year career at Intel where he held several management positions including General Manager of the Network Processor Division, as well as various applications engineering and sales management positions. Nick holds a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
Niles BurbankSenior Manager, Product Management
AMD Professional Graphics Business Unit
Niles Burbank is the product management lead for AMD’s server focused professional GPU product line, the AMD FirePro™ S-series family. In this role, he is responsible for defining and delivering products for the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) markets. He is based in AMD’s Markham, Canada office. Niles joined AMD in 2006 through AMD’s acquisition of ATI Technologies. Prior to his involvement with professional graphics, Niles directed product management of a range of AMD APU and core logic products. This portfolio included solutions for notebooks, desktop PCs and servers using AMD processors.
Before joining AMD, Niles spent eleven years at ATI in a variety of roles relating to ATI’s GPU and chipset products. These included participation in ATI’s first 3D accelerator, the 3D Rage, and involvement in all of ATI’s chipset products from the time ATI entered this market in 2002. Niles holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the Royal Military College of Canada and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Paul ChowUniversity of Toronto
Paul Chow is a professor in the faculty of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he holds the Dusan and Anne Miklas Chair in Engineering Design. He was a major contributor to the early RISC processor technology developed at Stanford University that helped spawn the rapid rise of computing performance in the past 25 years. Paul is now focusing his research towards the next significant change in the way we do computing, which is the integration of heterogeneous computing devices, especially Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).
Paul has been the technical program and general chairs for FPGA, the premier conference on FPGAs, and for FCCM, the main conference for reconfigurable computing. He co-founded AcceLight Networks to build a high-capacity, carrier-grade, optical switching system, which did not survive the dot-com era but spent a lot of other people's money.
AJ GuillonCTO YetiWare Inc, Khronos Member (OpenCL Working Group)
AJ Guillon is a Khronos member, and contributed to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language. AJ is the founder of YetiWare Inc, a software company on a mission to solve the big hairy parallel programming problem, and to bring back software scaling with minimal programmer effort, so that application developers can build faster and more scalable software. YetiWare's initial product offerings target the data-center to provide an efficient heterogeneous platform for cloud computing that will significantly reduce processor energy consumption, and thereby reduce operational costs.
AJ has worked extensively with OpenCL since December 2008, when the first OpenCL 1 .0 specification was released. He is an expert in the area of parallel computing, C++ development, and the design of high-speed software. AJ has an Honors Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, from the University of Toronto. AJ engages with many clients to provide consulting and training to help them leverage OpenCL and parallel programming. AJ has given numerous public talks on OpenCL for both technical and non-technical audiences.