Burton Smith is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft who thinks about ways in which our platform needs to be structured to support general purpose computers that will soon have clustered super computer processing power as we move closer to manycore everywhere (not too far off into the future...). Burton is a parallel computing expert, an industry thought leader in high performance, massively parallel distributed (aka super) computing. Winner of the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, Burton knows a thing or two about how to architect and implement software systems that can succeed in the Age of Manycore.
This is a long and great conversation, unedited of course. You'll want to make some time for this and listen carefully to what Burton says. This is a very important general introduction to parallelism and high performance computing. As always, we can't talk about super computing without addressing program language evolution in the context of manycore (you've seen this quite a bit on C9 over the years). We cover a lot of ground here including Burton's insights into functional programming, transactions, compatability, shared mutable state, operating systems, technical redunancy and the role of Technical Fellows in the post-Bill era.
Enjoy this great introduction to parallelism and the future of our platform technologies and tools as we head into the age of manycore. This is the first in a series of several interviews covering parallel computing and Microsoft's Parallel Computing Platform technologies, specifically.
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