Computer Professionals Program Newsletter
Master of Science in Computer Science

Maharishi University of Management, USA

Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Iowa
52557 USA
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August 2011 (Special)

Dr. Bruce Lester, MUM Professor of Computer Science, receives Best Paper Award

Dr. Bruce Lester, MUM Professor of Computer Science, has received the Best Paper Award of The 2011 International Conference of Parallel and Distributed Computing held in London, U.K., July 2011. This conference was part of the annual World Congress on Engineering sponsored by the International Association of Engineers.

Professor Lester's paper "Improving the Performance of Collection-Oriented Operations through Parallel Fusion" presents a technique for utilizing multiple processors to make computer programs run faster. All new computers today have processors with multiple "cores". Each core is essentially a separate processor capable of executing its own instruction stream in parallel with other cores. The number of cores per processor is expected to double every three years. This offers the potential for greatly improved computer performance. However, this potential offered the computer hardware is not yet fully realized by the software. One very promising technique for solving this problem is called data parallel programming in which the same operation in applied in parallel to different elements of a data structure (collection). In the ordinary implementation of data parallel operations, all the cores must synchronize with each other after each operation. In his paper, Dr. Lester presents a technique for removing this time-consuming synchronization, thus speeding up the execution by as much as 80%.

The full text of Dr. Lester's paper my be viewed here.

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