How (Not) To Present Parallel Programming Results

46daclogoSCDSource ran a short but good article summarizing a few DAC talks that I would liked to attend. it mostly about the experience of long-term parallel programming research David Bailey in presenting results in the field…

Or more importantly: how not to present results, or how to mislead the audience as to the efficiency of your approach. His old 1991 paper on how to do this is still worthy of a read, even if some things have changed (64-bit FP is pretty much as fast as 32-bit these days, for example). The fundamentals of parallelism are still pretty much the same.

The results were from a DAC panel about multicore and EDA, I wonder if that panel dealt with how to make EDA software itself parallel, or about how to help semiconductor companies help their end user programmers harness the multicore hardware being designed using EDA tools. That does not seems clear to me.

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