PANEL StJohn Gustafson Gaston Hendy MW14

Panels are the most lively part of Multicore World. Each topic is both challenging and broad enough to entice speakers and audience to openly debate towards mutual enlightenment . The moderator triggers the debate presenting a few questions as guidelines and the panel and audience freely discuss around the topic. No slides are used. Controversial opinions are encouraged: it’s a debate after all!

Updated 3 February 2018

Panel 1 – The New Stack

New trends and R&D are looking at lean and lightweight Operating Systems, test new algorithms that scale and save power and seem to be more than just optimisation. How would the integration be to applications: are virtualisation and Docker going to survive?

Gustafson, Gerofi, Harding, O’Keefe, van der Pas

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

MW2018 – Panel 1 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 1 – Questions


Panel 2 – Computing at the Edge

Increasingly, computations are handled at the point where the data is being collected: what are the scalability and security issues? How will we deal with legacy systems and code, i.e. towards Industry 4.0?

van der Pas, El-Zein, Hilgeman, O’Keefe, Moir, Yule

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

MW2018 – Panel 2 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 2 – Questions


Panel 3 – Precision Agriculture: how to feed the world through data

Big Data, IoT and HPC are converging rapidly to create new alternatives in several diverse fields, ranging from Genomics to FinTech

Is the Internet of Food a solution for the population growth towards the next decades?

Compton, El-Zein, Stanzione, Hilgeman, Yule

Thursday 8th February 2018, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

MW2018 – Panel 3 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 3 – Questions


Panel 4 – Global mega-projects: the SKA challenges

Global mega-science projects involving several countries are becoming the norm for challenges such as climate change, life sciences research, etc. Meanwhile, computing moves towards exascale capabilities. What are the distributed computing requirements for the countries and systems? Can we make it happen from New Zealand, making the SKA (Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope) project a flagship?

Mellado, Ensor, Harding, Stanzione

Moderator: Don Christie, Catalyst IT

Thursday 8th February 2018, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

MW2018 – Panel 4 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 4 – Questions


Panel 5 – Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Deep Learning, IoT… what’s behind the hype?

Over the years we got used to terms such as “cloud”, “mobile”, or “BYOD”. Then suddenly we are flooded with mixed promises that oscillate between a bright future and doom and gloom. This is caused by the expectations and fears related to supposedly grandiose advances in AI, DL, IoT, etc

Have we been here before? Is this just another wave of (near science fiction) predictions from the so called “experts” from mainstream media, or are there actually fundamental changes in the underlying technologies to support this rapid evolution?

Compton, Moir, Gerofi, Gustafson, van der Pas

Friday 9th February 2018, 11:20 am – 12:20 pm

MW2018 – Panel 5 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 5 – Questions


Panel 6 – Meltdown & Spectre: and now what?

The year just started and we already have two major vulnerabilities impacting almost all the processors made in the last 20 years.

How will the Enterprise and Scientific IT world look by 2020? Are we going to be ready for the challenges posed by problems in hardware and its performance? How do we prepare for the exascale era coming in the next decade? Or should we just assume that we reached a plateau in speed and performance?

Matsuoka, El-Zein, Gustafson, Hilgeman, Stanzione

Friday 9th February 2018, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

MW2018 – Panel 6 – intro

MW2018 – Panel 6 – Questions