Clark School Home UMD

ECE News Story

Vishkin To Give Invited Talk on Parallel Computing at Columbia

Vishkin To Give Invited Talk on Parallel Computing at Columbia

Prof. Uzi Vishkin
Prof. Uzi Vishkin

Professor Uzi Vishkin will give an invited talk at Columbia University on Thursday, September 30. The talk, titled "Can a Simple Abstraction Guide the Reinvention of Computing for Parallelism?", is part of the Computer Science Department's Computer Architecture Lecture Series.

Prof. Vishkin will discuss how the sudden shift from single-processor computer systems to many-processor parallel ones requires reinventing much of Computer Science, specifically with regard to building and programming the new parallel systems. The idea of starting with an established easy parallel programming model and building an architecture for it has been treated as radical by vendors. Vishkin's talk advocates a more radical idea: starting with a minimalist stepping-stone, a simple abstraction that encapsulates the desired interface between programmers and system builders.

Prof. Vishkin started his work on parallel computing in 1979 as a PhD student at the Technion, Israel. His initial focus was on parallel algorithms and parallel algorithmic thinking. In 1996, he was elected ACM Fellow for, among other things, having "played a leading role in forming and shaping what thinking in parallel has come to mean in the fundamental theory of Computer Science." He is also an ISI-Thompson Highly Cited Researcher.

To see a full abstract on Prof. Vishkin's talk, visit: Columbia's Computer Science website.

September 25, 2010

Prev   Next

Current Headlines

'I am very humbled': Hafezi Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Alireza Khaligh promoted to associate professor with tenure

Maryland inventors issued US Patent for compounds that fight biofilms

Science, Technology and Society Program Students “Save” an Armory

Hanrahan, Waits, Ghodssi paper selected as JMM 'Highlight of 2014'

Liu Named Distinguished Chair Professor by National Taiwan University

Munday Wins IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award

Alumna Namrata Vaswani wins Best Paper Award

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts