As we prepare for the 8th Annual Multicore Developers Conference, it’s interesting to reflect on the evolution of the industry towards the adoption of multicore technology. Certainly, multicore has become the norm - in both embedded and high-performance computing. Definitely, the focus of multicore now encompasses homogeneous and heterogeneous perspectives, as well as the infinite array of cores in many-core devices. Decidedly, both hardware and software vendors have crafted imaginative solutions to enable easier-to-use and higher-performance multicore implementations.
Despite this incredible evolution, there’s still much more to learn about the ways in which system developers can utilize the full benefits of multicore devices. A large percentage of this learning relates directly to application-specific design characteristics, whether it be for smart phones, networking and LTE equipment, automobiles, or supersonic fighter jets. On the other hand, regardless of the application, there are many general techniques and concepts that would benefit every system developer. Furthermore, with such an abundance of available multicore solutions, it has become ever so difficult to select the right product to do the job.
As we've done since the inception of Multicore Developers Conference, we will once again bring you state-of-the-art technical sessions and panel discussions spanning the gamut of domain-specific and general techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from leading industry VIPs who will provide you with authoritative perspectives on how multicore processor technology will affect your business and product development, and help us look into the future of what multicore will bring.
As chairman of the Multicore Developers Conference, I have a responsibility to the design communities to assemble the multicore technology experts and provide you, the conference attendee, with answers to your questions. Oddly enough, I also hope that you take away from the conference more questions than you started with, as that means that we've enlightened you on the issues that you'll need to be aware of as you begin your multicore-enabled design.
The Multicore Developers Conference is also loaded with exhibits and demos that are focused on multicore implementations. This will provide you with the opportunity to see multicore technology in action as well as network with the multicore experts.
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Markus Levy - Chairman
Markus Levy chairman of the Multicore Developer's Conference and president of The Multicore Association. He is also the founder and president of EEMBC. Mr. Levy was previously a senior analyst at In-Stat/MDR and an editor at EDN magazine, focusing in both roles on processors for the embedded industry.
Levy began his career in the semiconductor industry at Intel Corporation, where he served as both a senior applications engineer and customer training specialist for Intel's microprocessor and flash memory products.
He is the co-author of Designing with Flash Memory, the one and only technical book on this subject, and received several patents while at Intel for his ideas related to flash memory architecture and usage as a disk drive alternative.
Markus is also a volunteer firefighter.
Linley Gwennap - Associate Program Chair
Linley Gwennap is the president and principal analyst of The Linley Group. One of the most respected analysts in the microprocessor industry, he has followed the industry for more than 15 years. Starting as a processor designer at Hewlett-Packard, Linley later worked in PA-RISC marketing and then became editor-in-chief of Microprocessor Report and vice president of MicroDesign Resources before founding The Linley Group in 1999.
Conference Program Advisors
Ian Lintault - Managing Director at nCore Design
Chris Ciufo, Editor-in-Chief, Extension Media