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Scaling Distributed Systems

Posted by Natalia Chechina  on  Oct 04, 2015

Natalia Chechina outlines features of actor and functional programming models, and the reason these models attract so much interest in parallel, concurrent, and scaling world.


Exercises in Programming Style

Posted by Crista Lopes  on  Sep 23, 2015 4

Crista Lopes demos writing the same program using multiple styles, showcasing the richness of human computational thought and the need to avoid being stuck with one or two styles for life.


Atomic Counters or a Lesson on Performance and Hardware Concurrency

Posted by Detlef Vollmann  on  Aug 29, 2015

Detlef Vollmann explores the performance and scalability issues of atomic and possible solutions to overcome them.


Translating Imperative Code to MapReduce

Posted by Cosmin Radoi, Rodric Rabbah, Stephen J Fink, Manu Sridharan  on  Jun 10, 2015

The authors present an approach for automatic translation of sequential, imperative code into a parallel MapReduce framework using Mold, translating Java code to run on Apache Spark.


Cybertron: Pushing the Limit on I/O Reduction in Data-Parallel Programs

Posted by Tian Xiao, Jiaxing Zhang, Chencheng Ye, Wenguang Chen, Zhenyu Guo, Hucheng Zhou, Xu Zhao, Xi Wang, Wei Lin, Lidong Zhou  on  May 29, 2015

The authors introduce Cybertron, a new tool for reducing I/O operations in data-parallel programs through a constraint-based encoding.


Comfortable Concurrency

Posted by Dominic Robinson  on  Oct 23, 2014 1

Dominic Robinson reflects on several concurrency models, trying to assess which is more pleasant to work with.


Lambdas and Streams in Java 8

Posted by Angelika Langer, Klaus Kreft  on  Jul 30, 2014 3

Angelika Langer, Klaus Kreft discuss using Streams in Java 8: what they are, parallel or sequential execution, intermediate and terminal operations, stateless operations, and fluent programming.


Parallel-lazy Performance: Java 8 vs Scala vs GS Collections

Posted by Craig Motlin  on  Jul 24, 2014

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Java 8 has Streams, Scala has parallel collections, and GS Collections has ParallelIterables. How well do they perform?


Are You Ready for 1000-Way Parallelism on a Single Chip?

Posted by Andreas Olofsson  on  Jul 03, 2014 2

Andreas Olofsson reviews the history of processors and outlines some of the challenges ahead, introducing project Parallella meant to speed up the transition to massively parallel computing.


Life, The Universe, and Everything

Posted by Damian Conway  on  May 23, 2014 2

Damian Conway explores quantum finite state automata, the power of Maxwell's information engine, the computational expressiveness of (un)natural languages, blending them all into a parallel system.


Dissecting Clojure Reducers

Posted by Renzo Borgatti  on  Apr 14, 2014

Renzo Borgatti discusses implementing parallel solutions with reducers in Clojure, doing live coding that show what functional abstractions are involved and why.


Servo: Designing and Implementing a Parallel Browser

Posted by Jack Moffitt  on  Apr 09, 2014 1

Jack Moffitt discusses where and how to achieve parallelism in a browser, how it is done by Servo, and how Rust has helped.

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