DABI invited CIS Colloquium, Nov 03, 2016, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, SERC 306

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DABI invited CIS Colloquium, Nov 03, 2016, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, SERC 306

DataFlow SuperComputing for BigData

Dr. Veljko Milutinovic , University of Belgrade

This presentation analyses the essence of DataFlow SuperComputing, defines its advantages and sheds light on the related programming model. DataFlow computers, compared to ControlFlow computers, offer speedups of 20 to 200 (even 2000 for some applications), power reductions of about 20, and size reductions of also about 20. However, the programming paradigm is different, and has to be mastered. The talk explains the paradigm, using Maxeler as an example, and sheds light on the ongoing research in the field. Examples include medical applications, CreditDerivatives and related banking applications, SignalProcessing, GeoPhysics, WeatherForecast, OilGas, DataEngineering, DataMining, SmartGrid, etc. Also, a recent study from Tsinghua University in China is presented, which reveals that, for Shallow Water Weather Forecast (a BigData problem), on the 1U level, the Maxeler DataFlow machine is 14 times faster than the Tianhe machine, rated #1 on the Top 500 list (based on Linpack, which is a smalldata benchmark). Given enough time, the talk also gives a tutorial about the programming in space, which is the programming paradigm used for the Maxeler dataflow machines (established in 2014 by Stanford, Imperial, Tsinghua, and the University of Tokyo). The talk concludes with selected examples and a tool overview (appgallery.maxeler.com (link is external) and webIDE.maxeler.com (link is external)). A detailed tutorial on programming in space will be available after the talk. Related hands-on activities will be performed by remote login (maxeler.mi.sanu.ac.rs (link is external)).

Prof. Veljko Milutinovic (1951) received his PhD from the University of Belgrade, spent about a decade on various faculty positions in the USA (mostly at Purdue University), and was a co-designer of the DARPAs first GaAs RISC microprocessor. Later, for almost 3 decades, he taught and conducted research at the University of Belgrade, in EE, MATH, and PHY/CHEM. Now he serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Maxeler operation in Belgrade, Serbia. His research is mostly in datamining algorithms and dataflow computing, with the emphasis on mapping of data analytics algorithms onto fast energy efficient architectures. For 7 of his books, forewords were written by 7 different Nobel Laureates with whom he cooperated on his past industry sponsored projects. He has over 40 IEEE and ACM journal papers, over 400 ThomsonReuters citations, and about 4000 Google Scholar citations.

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