Virtual Shared Memory Symposium - 18-19 September (Tom Franklin)
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From: (Tom Franklin)
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1992 13:03:35 GMT
Keywords: conference, storage

Virtual Shared Memory Symposium

Centre for Novel Computing
University of Manchester

17th & 18th September 1992

In Conjunction with


The symposium will consider all aspects of Virtual Shared Memory from
hardware through operating systems and languages to algorithms and

Speakers are drawn from industry and academia and are all actively working
in the field.

Who Should Attend

The symposium is aimed at all people working in the area of parallel
computing. It will provide a detailed introduction to Virtual Shared
Memory and current research issues.

It will be of particular interest to developers of applications, whether
numeric, symbolic or database applications, who need power of parallel
computing, but have been put off in the past by the difficulties of
parallel computing.

The symposium will also be of interest to systems implementors and
architects working on parallel systems.


The Symposium will be held at the Department of Computer Science, Computer
Building, University of Manchester. The department has access and
facilities for disabled visitors.

Catering and Accommodation

Every effort will be made to cater for special dietary requirements if
details are provided with the completed application forms.

Accommodation is provided in Hulme Hall, one of the University's halls of
residence about 15 minutes walk, or a short bus ride from the department.

Accommodation can only be provided if the form is returned by 17th August.
There is NO reduction for late bookings where accommodation is not


Chris Wadsworth, RAL
VSM: The Good, The Bad and the unknown

Chris Wadsworth is leader of the Parallel Processing Group in the
Informatics Department at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, with projects in
the systems aspects and techniques of parallel programming and the porting
of applications software. The group also takes a leading role in Oxford
Parallel. His present interests focus on the exploitation of parallelism,
the requirements for portable parallel software, and high level
performance models for parallel machines.

Clemens-August Thole, GMD
High Performance Fortran and its relevance for VSM architectures

Clemens-August Thole has worked on programming models and applications for
distributed memory architectures since 1984. He was project manager of the
Esprit GENESIS project, which aimed for a programming environment for
parallel architectures. He is working for GMD as a member of the core
group of the High Performance Fortran Forum and chairman of the related
European working group.

Mike Delves, University of Liverpool
Development of an HPF-conformant Parallel Fortran90 Compiler

Mike Delves has held the Chair of Computational Mathematics at Liverpool
University since 1969. He is Director of the Centre for Mathematical
Software and the Transputer Support Centre which specialise in
scientific/engineering parallel computing. His interests include Parallel
Algorithms, Integral and Partial Differential equations and the design of
high level languages. He is a founder member if the ESPRIT SIG on parallel
languages for scientific computing.

David Culler, Berkeley
Active Messages: a Fast, Universal Communication Mechanism

David Culler is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Division of
the University of California at Berkeley and a Presidential Faculty
Fellow. His research interests include computer architecture, resource
management, and the implementation of a wide range of parallel programming
models, including dataflow, functional programming, hardware description
languages, and explicit distributed memory.

Sven Hammarling, NAg
The Development of a Numerical Software Library for Parallel Machines

Sven Hammarling is currently the Manager of the Numerical Libraries
Division at the Numerical Algorithms Group in Oxford. He is one of the
authors of the Level 2 and Level 3 Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms
(BLAS), is involved in the LAPACK project, which has been developing a
linear algebra package for high-performance computers and is a Manager for
the Libraries Workpackage on the ESPRIT project, Supernode II.

Nic Holt, ICL
Virtual Shared Memory in Commercial Applications

Nic Holt is a System Designer at ICL and was responsible for the primitive
architecture of the ICL Series 39 which features processing nodes
interconnected by Optical Fibre, providing Virtual Shared Memory for
commercial applications.

Iain Duff, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
The Solution of Sparse Systems on Parallel Computers

Iain Duff is Group Leader of Numerical Analysis in the Central Computing
Department. He is also Project Leader of the Parallel Algorithms Group at
CERFACS, and is visiting Professor of Mathematics at the University of
Strathclyde. He was Carnegie Fellow at Oxford University and Harkness
Fellow at Stony Brook and Stanford and then a lecturer in Computer Science
at Newcastle University. He joined the Numerical Analysis Group at Harwell
in 1975, and moved to his current job in 1990.

Harry Wijshoff, Leiden University
Implementation Issues of Sparse Computations

Harry Wijshoff is a professor in computer systems and software at the
University of Leiden. Previously he worked at University of Illinois,
RIACS, NASA Ames, and Utrecht University. At the University of Leiden he
leads a group researching high performance computing and parallel
processing. He is the coordinator of an Esprit III BRA project on
Performance critical applications of parallel architectures (APPARC).

Vadim Abrossimov, Chorus Systemes
Distributed Virtual Shared Memory in Chorus

Vadim Abrossimov is one of the key architects of the Chorus micro-kernel.
He concentrated on the design and implementation of the CHORUS distributed
Virtual Memory Management. He joined Chorus Systemes at its creation in
1986 after two years at INRIA working on object oriented systems.

Peter Bird, ACRI
Proactive Systems

Peter Bird is a computer system architect for ACRI, which is developing a
multi-nodal, high performance system. He received a PhD from Michigan
University and then studied retargetable, pattern directed code generators
which optimised pipeline scheduling. He has also designed and developed
compilers for a parallel pipelined machine for a data-flow specification
language for ODEs used for Real-Time applications.

Steve Frank, KSR
Memory System Architecture and Programming Environment of the KSR1

Steve Frank is a co-founder of Kendall Square Research and made a major
contribution to the architecture, design partitioning, and technology
selection of the KSR1. He is presently involved in the definition of
future products. Prior to joining KSR, he contributed to the architecture
and implementation of three multiprocessors: Encore's MultiMax, the
Synapse N+1 and a multiprocessor for an experimental PBX at Rolm. He
earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

The University of Manchester

Manchester University is Britain's largest campus university.

The University of Manchester is within a couple of miles of the city
centre and is easily accessible by train and road and also by air via
Manchester's International Airport.

The Department of Computer Science

The Department is one of the oldest Computer Science departments. The
world's first stored programme computer was built, and virtual memory was
invented here. It now has over 50 academic staff, a similar number of
researchers and more than 600 undergraduate students making it the largest
Computer Science department in the country.

The Centre For Novel Computing

The Centre for Novel Computing (CNC) was established in 1990 to help bring
parallel and novel computing techniques to users. It undertakes projects
with users from academia and industry. Recently the CNC has acquired two
computers which support Virtual Shared Memory:

A 32 cell KSR1 from Kendall Square Research Inc.

A 13 cell prototype EDS machine from ICL Ltd.


The Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery are within a few minutes
walk of the Department of Computer Science, while the centre of Manchester
houses many attractions. These include the Manchester Science Museum, The
Opera House and Royal Exchange Theatres, The Granada Studio Tour and
Manchester's China Town. Stately homes, open air and beautiful countryside
can be enjoyed at the nearby Dunham Massey Park, Tatton Park and the Peak
District National Park.


Application Form
Department of Computer Science
University of Manchester
M13 9PL

Telephone: +44 (61) 275 6172
Fax: +44 (61) 275 6236

Title _________ Forename _______________________________

Surname _____________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________





Postcode _____________________________________________________

Telephone _____________________________________________________

Fax _____________________________________________________

email _____________________________________________________

The fee includes the Symposium fee and proceedings, Accommodation in Hulme
Hall for 17th September plus lunches and coffee.

Fee: Full 200.00
BCS PPSG 180.00
Academic 100.00

Additional nights in Hulme Hall @ 20.00
Wednesday 16th __
Friday 18th __
Enclosed fee ____________

Dietary Requirements: _________________________________________

Please make Cheques payable to "The University of Manchester"


Tom Franklin
Centre for Novel Computing Phone +44 61 275 6134
Department of Computer Science Fax +44 61 275 6204
University of Manchester
Manchester email
M13 9PL

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