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Deadline: September 21, 2009, 11:59PM EDT
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 1:30 PM; Duration – 3.5 hours
Attend onsite: 245 Church St. (Ryerson University), Toronto
Attend online: Web conferencing option available
Conference Attendees: Free (requires registration ID number)
IEEE and/or PMI members: $55 (Canadian)
All others: $75 (Canadian)
Who should attend
Bill Gardner is a faculty member in the Computing and Information Science Department at the University of Guelph. He teaches software development, embedded systems, and parallel programming. Based in the Modeling and Design Automation Group, his main research area is concurrent system synthesis from formal specifications.
PNP's Earned: Attendees will receive one PNP (Pilot notepad)!
BYOL: "Bring Your Own Laptop" to participate in hands-on exercises. Any OS is fine; you only need wifi and a browser.
Pilot is a new way to program high-performance clusters based on a high-level model featuring processes executing on cluster nodes, and channels for passing messages among them. Designed to smooth the learning curve for novice scientific programmers, the set of library functions is small—less than one-tenth that of MPI—and easy to learn, since the syntax mirrors C’s well-known printf and scanf. The process/channel abstraction inherently reduces the opportunities for communication errors that result in deadlock, and a runtime mechanism detects and diagnoses deadlocks arising from circular waiting. The Pilot library is built as a transparent layer on top of conventional MPI, and shields users from the latter’s complexity while adding minimal overhead.
This tutorial assumes basic exposure to C programming. Familiarity with MPI is not required, but will make the comparisons more meaningful.
Hands-on sessions will work for both onsite and online attendees!
Pilot website: http://carmel.cis.uoguelph.ca/pilot/Research on Pilot is supported by a Fellowship.