Speaker: Fran Allen
IBM Fellow Emerita
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Title: High Performance Computers and Compilers: A Personal Perspective
Abstract: The talk will describe a related sequence of projects including some early, very bold projects that profoundly influenced high performance computing even as some of them failed. The talk includes a personal perspective of what worked and what didn’t, the historical threads of some ideas and the lessons learned. The talk concludes by identifying some current compiler challenges and the need for a new focus on new compilers.
Bio: Allen’s work focuses on compilers and languages that together enable both application performance and user productivity on high performance computers. The resulting advances have led to numerous awards for Allen including ACM’s 2006 Turing Award “For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution.” She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences, ACM, IEEE and the Computer History Museum, and the recipient of six honorary doctorates.
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