IBM and Google Fund University Programs
IBM and Google announced that they're starting a university program designed
to promote programming
practices for cloud computing
, the practice of throwing many computers at
a problem in parallel.
The companies are each contributing $20 to $25 million in systems, software
and services to six universities who will support research in this area. The
six universities are led by the University of Washington in Seattle (ironically,
in Microsoft's own backyard), where preliminary research has been done, and
include Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley and the University of Maryland.
Programming tools and techniques do seem to lag behind advances in hardware.
In particular, few, if any, mainstream developers write code to take advantage
of multi-core systems. Do we need to expand programming skills to take advantage
of new processor technologies and architectures? Tell me at [email protected].
Posted by Peter Varhol on 10/09/2007 at 1:23 PM