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Computer Science Colloquium: The Quest for Parallel Tools and the Long Strange Journey of Tool Gear
Monday, May 22, 2006 - 12:00pm to Monday, May 22, 2006 - 1:00pm

The Department of Computer Science at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the Computer Science Colloquium Series, The Quest for Parallel Tools and the Long Strange Journey of Tool Gear.

 
Title: "The Quest for Parallel Tools and the Long Strange Journey of Tool Gear"

Speaker: John May, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: Monday, May 22, 2006

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: FAB 10, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201 (map)

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Computer Science, (503) 725-2416 or cmps@cs.pdx.edu.

Abstract
For most of the time that parallel computers have been available, users and developers have been wringing their hands over the problem of fielding useful, robust tools for developing parallel programs. There is plenty of innovation in the field, but little of it finds its way to the people who are writing real-world parallel applications. This talk reviews some of the efforts to make good parallel tools more widely available, including one of the speaker's own attempts, a parallel tool framework called Tool Gear. We hope to illuminate some of the issues that have dogged parallel tool developers over the past two decades.

Speaker Biography
John May leads the Computer Science Research Group at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His interests include parallel tools, parallel I/O, and performance analysis. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, San Diego.