On 5 December, I attended the UK Many Core Developer’s Conference (UKMAC 2012), a supercomputing conference organized by Simon McIntosh-Smith. I gave a presentation & demo of danceroom Spectroscopy, with emphasis on the algorithms and heterogeneous parallelization strategies we’ve implemented to build it (see video above). There were several interesting presentations, including: Adapteva’s Andreas Olofsson keynote lecture about designing small, energy-efficient parallel architectures; Alan Gray (Edinburgh, EPCC) talking about scaling soft matter physics code to more than one thousand (!) GPUs; Zheng Wang (Edinburgh) talking about auto-generating OpenCL code from OpenMP pragmas; and Pedro Gonnet (Durham) talking about task-based parallelization algorithms applied to molecular dynamics simulations.
So here’s a funny thing for a scientist to announce… My premier on the London arts scene! It takes place over the 3rd-4th November at the Barbican Arts Centre! The interactive quantum dynamics project that I dreamed up almost two years ago, danceroom Spectroscopy (dS for short), is headlining a (FREE!) Barbican-wide arts festival called Natural Circuits. The installation will run both days from 11 am – 7 pm. Interspersed throughout will be six performances of Hidden Fields (three each day), our genre-defying dance performance – where the movement of dancers’ energy fields actually control the sounds and graphics generated within the piece. If you’re in town, drop by!