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The Road to El Dorado: Cellular Polymorphous Architectures
Manager, Modular System Software, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Cellular architectures provide a straightforward path to building large computing systems through the regular replication of a basic building cell with processing, memory, and interconnection elements. However, cellular architectures present great challenges related to the programmability and mapping of applications to the machine. Polymorphous computing architectures have been advanced as one possible approach to tackle these challenges. With polymorphous computing, an application (or phase of an application) can be developed for its most natural parallel architecture (e.g., SIMD, MIMD, vector, systolic, VLIW) and then executed on a system that dynamically morphs into that architecture. In this talk we will discuss principles of cellular and polymorphic architectures. In particular, we will present a research cellular architecture being developed at IBM Watson and show how it can be used to emulate polymorphic systems. We will also discuss our plans to evolve that architecture into a truly polymorphic machine.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the presentation.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:20)