For many decades the speed of computers has doubled every 1.5-2 years, which has meant that a program runs 50-100 times faster ten years after it was first written, without any change to the code itself. This is not likely to be the case in the future. Today, the main source of increased speed is that computers are gaining more processors so that they can perform several operations in parallel. In addition, specialised resources like graphics cards which are available in all computers are increasingly being exploited for general purpose scientific computations. To make full use of these resources you must change your code and perhaps even change your algorithm. So while parallel computing in the past has been of interest only to those who need to utilise the most powerful computers, parallel techniques are now becoming essential for anybody who wishes to fully make use of their desktop or laptop computer. This development also brings with it new approaches to parallel computing and it is not at all clear that the classical supercomputing approach is the best way to exploit the resources in your laptop.
The 2008 Winter School will provide an introduction to this technological development in a nontechnical way that should be accessible to anyone with a background in the mathematical sciences and an elementary knowledge of algorithms and programming. The aim is that the participants should gain a general understanding both of the emerging technology itself and the kinds of algorithms which will work well with this technology.
Main topics for the week:
Scientific organizer of the winter school is Knut Mørken (University of Oslo). All lectures will be in English. List of speakers: David Keyes, Arne Maus, Sverker Holmgren, Henrik Löf, Xing Cai, Knut Mørken, Trond Runar Hagen, André Rigland Brodtkorb, Christopher Dyken, and Johan Seland.
A detailed plan of the lectures and links to the slides presented can be found on a separate page.
Intro = introduction to parallel computing
During the middle of the day, there is a break so that the participants may work, exercise (the hotel is almost on-top-of the alpine slopes) or relax. Lunch is served between 12:30 and 14:00. A lunch voucher can be obtained in the hotel reception for those who prefer the alpine slopes or the cross-country trails.
On Friday, the lectures end before lunch, so that you can eat lunch at the hotel before you catch a train back to Bergen or Oslo.
Deadline: December 7 2007.
The participants are expected to stay at Dr. Holms Hotel, where the organizers have booked a number of rooms. Please state in the registration form wether you want a single or double room. (Notice that cancellations after the deadline is subject to a certain cancellation fee).
Published September 8, 2006