Computing At Scale: Parallel Programming

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Bill McColl spent 20 years as head of research in parallel computing and scalable systems at Oxford University Computing Laboratory before leaving in 2006 to found Parallel Machines, a Silicon Valley startup developing scalable parallel systems. In recent weeks Bill has had a series of interesting posts on his blog, Computing At Scale:

  • In a post on Parallel Programming Models, McColl looks at models for architecture-independent parallel programming that were developed in the 1990s, which are alive and well in 2008.
  • In The End Of The Relational Era, McColl looks at recent developments in the database world. “Recent evidence suggests that we may indeed be reaching the end of the relational era, an era that has lasted for more than 30 years,” he writes.

BIll’s blog is new to me, and has gone through some quiet periods, but looks like a good resource if you’re involved in web scalability.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.