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Published on Nov 1, 2012
PhD student Chris Seaton (www.chrisseaton.com) talks about the Challenges of Irregular Parallelism: A decade ago only specialists would need to write parallel programs. Today our laptops have four cores, even our phones have two, and some people think we'll have hundreds or thousands of cores one day. Some problems can easily be split across multiple cores, but there are others that resist all attempts to divide them up into parallel tasks. These 'irregular' problems occur in many applications, so what can we do about them?