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Microsoft Technical Fellow Keynotes on the Reinvention of Computing

Microsoft’s high-performance computing business gains adoption across industries.

Fresh off the revelation that Microsoft® high-performance computing (HPC) technologies are being widely adopted by customers, software and hardware partners, a technical leader from Microsoft Corp. today discussed how the foundations of computer science and engineering must be reinvented to deal with the mass-market adoption of processors with many computing cores.

In a keynote address at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, Microsoft technical fellow Dr. Burton Smith talked about new approaches to software development where everyday computer programs must be able to execute in parallel on multiple microprocessor cores, allowing developers to build more powerful, humanistic software applications that incorporate speech, conversation, rich visualization and anticipatory execution of tasks. The many-core inflection point was presented as a new challenge for the computing industry, namely general-purpose parallel computing.

“Our industry and the universities must work together to reinvent not only computing, but also the computing profession,

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