Local company director sets up global computer conference

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An Oamaruvian-organised conference featuring speakers from across the world is set to highlight the benefits of modern computing to the country this month.

Nicolas Erdody, the director of Oamaru company Open Parallel, has organised the Multicore World Conference to discuss modern multicore computing.

The conference, to be held at the Auckland University of Technology on February 25 and 26, will feature presentations from internationally-renowned speakers such as Tim Cornwell, architect of the Square Kilometre Array (a radio telescope and the largest IT project in history); Cristina Cifuentes, director of Oracle Labs Australia; and Professor Shaun Hendy, of the University of Auckland.

“Learning how to interact with multicore technology through parallel processing is a critical priority around the world,” Mr Erdody said.

“New Zealand has a golden opportunity to hook into multicore computing’s promise.”

Modern computing, which allowed multiple computer cores to be on one chip, was not being taken advantage of across the world, he said.

“Programming applications that work well on 100 cores don’t scale to 10,000 or larger, which is where the machines are going now.

“The technology’s complexity, combined with a dearth of well-accepted tools and training options that makes parallel programming such a challenge for developers and computer architects is exactly the reason we’re holding this third conference in New Zealand.

“Our IT industry could be a world leader in developing new programming techniques to take advantage of this huge computing power which currently outstrips our ability to use it.”

New Zealanders could be world leaders in computing if people work to take advantage of multicore computing, Mr Erdody said.

“We are keen to promote entrepreneurs who solve problems . . . such people will see plenty of opportunity at Multicore World 2014.”