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ARSC to host reconfigurable computing conference

Submitted by Jenn Wagaman
Phone: (907) 474-8662


The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center is hosting a symposium and workshop on High Performance Reconfigurable Computing August 22-24, 2005. Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing Systems based on conventional processors and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) have been gaining attention. These synergistic systems have the potential of exploiting coarse-grain functional parallelism through conventional parallel processing as well as fine-grain parallelism through direct hardware execution. A number of such systems have recently been developed by major high-performance computing and reconfigurable computing vendors

Among other things, the symposium will evaluate the real technology readiness level given the applications of interest. The sustained capabilities of such machines will be examined and compared to conventional high-performance computers. Federal agency and academic center applications will be assessed for performance enhancement from hardware reconfiguration and hardware execution.

This symposium will provide a forum for leaders and application developers from the high-performance reconfigurable computing industry, university and federal agencies, to address these questions through a series of talks by technology development pioneers in this field. The talks will be followed by open discussions. The symposium will address these questions from the perspectives of applications, programmability, operating systems, architectures, and tools.

The workshop will span August 22 and August 23 and will be followed by a hands-on tutorial workshop on August 24. Seating is limited.

For more information contact Jenn Wagaman, ARSC Public Affairs Coordinator, (907) 450-8662, wagaman@arsc.edu. For registration information visit www.arsc.edu .