Back home, and completely jetlagged...
By dkildahl on Jun 14, 2011
Why can't a body actually get used to jetlag? I have been doing reasonably intense global travel for the last 2 years, the first couple days on either side seem to get completely butchered.... and it seems to be getting worse
London and Zurich were very successful, met with a bunch of Capital Markets customers, spoke at 2 large (100+ developers in each) sessions, one in London with Lehman and other in Zurich with UBS. The title of the presentation was - "Managing Moore's Law - How to handle massive data volumes". Its posted here.
The idea was to tell the developers that the days of just waiting for Moore's Law to kick in and give them a faster clock to make their application run better, are kinda over. Getting 2x the clock every couple years is not going to be the case going forward. Thats the bad news. The good news - they will get lots more cores, lots more integrated ASICs on the CPUs. So what do they do to make their software scale to a larger number of execution units?
The presentation ends with talking about some newer concepts - what happens when you throw 10,000 cpus at a problem? or a 100,000? Will todays MT programming concepts and languages scale? Peta-scale software is lagging peta-sclae hardware, severely. Transactional Memory and Fortress address this problem.
Intel was also kind enough to have me speak at an event in London last week where they got 8 different firms together to discuss the Intel and Sun relationship, and what the two firms are doing together to help Capital Markets firms with their number crunching problems.
Its 4:25am ET, any point trying to go back to bed? Naaah... markets in Europe are already open, time to watch some CNBC and see which scandal is breaking in Europe now!