Google, Opera Fork WebKit. Samsung Joins Firefox to Push Servo

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2013

There are two major browser developments recently announced, both targeting parallel architectures: Google and Opera with Blink, a WebKit fork, while Samsung joins Mozilla to push Servo forward.

Vector Fabrics Introduces Pareon for Multicore Software Optimization

by Michael Stal on  Jun 09, 2012

The Dutch company Vector Fabrics recently introduced its tool called Pareon. According to the company’s press release, the tool allows to optimize applications for multicore systems.

Microsoft Publishes C++ AMP Spec, Wants to Lower Barriers to Data-Parallelism

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2012

Hoping to make programming data-parallel hardware easier, Microsoft has published its open specification for C++ AMP. By building its implementation directly into Visual Studio 11 Microsoft seeks to improve access to the GPU for developers.

MSEPT'12 - Conference on Software Engineering for Multicore Systems

by Michael Stal on  Jan 13, 2012

It is hard to leverage the parallelism provided by recent processor architectures. As these CPUs are now available even in the low cost price sector, the main challenge of software engineers is to utilize the processors in their applications or apps. The International Conference on Multicore Software Engineering, Performance, and Tools (MSEPT'12) will focus on possible answers.

Implementing Custom TPL Dataflow Blocks

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 02, 2012

Dataflow Blocks are the backbone of the .NET 4.5’s new high performance parallel processing library. And while they offer a lot of functionality out of the box, there will be times when a custom block is necessary. Zlatko Michailov has put together a document outlining the process and many of the traps you may encounter.

Task Parallel Library Improvements in .NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 02, 2011

Microsoft has been working on ways to improve the performance of parallel applications in .NET 4.5, specifically those using the Task Parallel Library. One of most impressive improvements is reducing the overhead for waiting on 100,000 tasks from 12,000,000 bytes to a mere 64 bytes.

WebGL, WebCL, MultiCores: The State and Future of Parallel Javascript in the Browser with RiverTrail

by W. Schuster D. Synodinos on  Nov 12, 2011

JavaScript has remained sequential although parallel processing capabilities are currently available even on mobile devices. Intel Labs has been working on an extension of JavaScript that takes advantage of multi-core systems and has released a Firefox plugin. InfoQ had an exclusive interview with  Stephan Herhut from Intel Labs about this work.

New Tool for Debugging Parallel Applications in Visual Studio 11

by Jenni Konrad on  Nov 11, 2011

Microsoft has released the Parallel Visualization Pack for Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. Built to extend the functionality of the new Parallel Watch Window, the pack includes four visual tools to aid in debugging multithreaded applications.

Twitter Storm: Open Source Real-time Hadoop

by Bienvenido David on  Sep 26, 2011 5

Twitter has open-sourced Storm, its distributed, fault-tolerant, real-time computation system, at GitHub under the Eclipse Public License 1.0. Storm is the real-time processing system developed by BackType, which is now under the Twitter umbrella.

JavaScript Extension that Adds Parallel Processing Capabilities Unveiled by Intel

by Dio Synodinos on  Sep 16, 2011

JavaScript, the language that powers the Web, has mainly remained sequentially, although parallel processing capabilities are currently available even on mobile devices. Intel Labs has been working on an extension of JavaScript that takes advantage of multi-core systems and has released a Firefox plugin.

WebCL Brings Parallelism to the Browser

by Abel Avram on  Jul 08, 2011

WebCL brings parallelism support to the browser, enabling JavaScript developers to write data intensive web applications. Nokia has a prototype for Firefox while Samsung has one for WebKit browsers.

C++ AMP Provides Massive Parallelism

by Abel Avram on  Jun 16, 2011 1

Microsoft wants to give C++ developers tools for writing parallel applications running on zillions of GPUs/cores locally or in the cloud.

Explaining .NET’s Barrier Class

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 15, 2011

With the increased emphasis on multi-core systems an understanding of parallel and concurrent programming is more important than ever. Fortunately .NET 4 has made a lot of advances in the types of synchronization primitives available to developers. One such primitive is the Barrier, which Emad Omara uses to implement a parallel merge sort.

Scala 2.9.0 Introduces Parallel Collections

by Mirko Stocker on  May 18, 2011

The latest Scala release 2.9.0 introduces parallel collections to easily utilize multicore processors. Other new features are an improved REPL, ScalaDoc and new packages for interacting with the operating system.

TPL Dataflow – The Successor to CCR

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 06, 2011

TPL Dataflow is Microsoft’s new library for highly concurrent applications. Using asynchronous message passing and pipelining, it promises to offer more control than thread pools and better performance than manual threading. The downside is that you have to adhere to design patterns that may be unfamiliar to .NET programmers.