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David Patterson

Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Director, U.C. Berkeley Parallel Computing Laboratory (Par Lab)
Director, U.C. Berkeley Reliable Adaptive Distributed systems Laboratory (RAD Lab)

"The Parallel Revolution Has Started:
Are You Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?"

Monday April 06, 2009 04:00 PM
Location: 3211, EB2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series



This talk will explain

* Why the La-Z-Boy era of programming is over

* The implications to the IT industry if the parallel revolution should fail

* The opportunities and pitfalls of this revolution

* What Berkeley is doing to try to be near the forefront of this revolution Power to the (manycore) processors!


Short Bio:

David Patterson was the first in his family to graduate from college and he enjoyed it so much that he didn’t stop until he received a PhD from UCLA in 1976. He then headed north to U.C. Berkeley. He spent 1979 at DEC working on the VAX minicomputer, which inspired him and his colleagues to later develop a Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) and then Sun Microsystems to recruit him in 1984 to start the SPARC architecture. In 1987, Patterson and colleagues tried building dependable storage systems from the new PC disks. This led to Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID). He spent 1989 working on the CM-5 supercomputer. Patterson and colleagues later tried building a supercomputer using standard desktop computers and switches. The resulting Network of Workstations (NOW) project led to cluster technology used by many Internet services. In the past, he served as Chair of Berkeley’s CS Division, Chair of the Computer Research Association, and President of the Association for Computing Machinery.

All this resulted in 200 papers, 5 books, and about 30 of honors, some shared with friends, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He was named Fellow of the Computer History Museum and both AAAS organizations. From the ACM, where as a fellow, he received the SIGARCH Eckert-Mauchly Award, the SIGMOD Test of Time Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. He is also a fellow at the IEEE, where he received the Johnson Information Storage Award, the Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Mulligan Education Medal. Finally, he shared the IEEE the von Neumann Medal and the NEC C&C Prize with his textbook co-author, John Hennessy.

Host: Dinesh Manocha, Computer Science, UNC

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