Lecture Prof. Michael Flynn 'Dataflow Engines in High Performance Computing'

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Lecture Michael Flynn: Dataflow Engines in High Performance Computing
 Friday, May 3rd, 2013 LRZ Hoersaal H.E.009
 Achieving parallel processor speedup (n times speedup with n processing
 elements) has been difficult for a broad class of applications. The
 problem is not technology but programming models. One answer to this
 speedup problem is to create an idealized data flow machine that
 exactly corresponds to the application and stream data through the
 resulting machine. In the dataflow paradigm an application is
 considered as a dataflow graph of the executable actions.. The
 extraordinary density achieved by FPGAs allows emulations of the
 application dataflow machine, providing more than an order of magnitude
 speedup even as executed as an emulation of the data flow machine.
 Michael Flynn received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1961. He
 joined IBM in 1955 and for ten years worked in the areas of computer
 organization and design. He was design manager of prototype versions of
 the IBM 7090 and 7094/II, and later for the System 360 Model 91 Central
 Processing Unit. Between 1966 and 1974 Prof. Flynn was a faculty member
 of Northwestern University and the Johns Hopkins University. In 1975 he
 became Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and
 was Director of the Computer Systems Laboratory from 1977 to 1983. He
 was founding chairman of both the ACM Special Interest Group on
 Computer Architecture and the IEEE Computer Society's Technical
 Committee on Computer Architecture. Prof. Flynn was the 1992 recipient
 of the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchley Award for his technical contributions
 to computer and digital systems architecture. He was the 1995 recipient
 of the IEEE-CS Harry Goode Memorial Award in recognition of his
 outstanding contribution to the design and classification of computer
 architecture. In 1998 he received the Tesla Medal from the
 International Tesla Society (Belgrade), and an honorary Doctor of
 Science from Trinity College (University of Dublin), Ireland. He is the
 author of three books and over 250 technical papers.

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