So here we are poised at the start of day 3 at the Multicore Expo 2006. My "Birds of a (Ruffled) Feather Get Together" meeting went real well yesterday evening. We started with a circle of 40 chairs with me wandering around the center introducing the session and generally asking questions to kick topics off. We had a great mix of technical representatives from the various Multicore companies (both hardware and software) along with folks from academia and engineers in the trenches. In fact, we ended up with standing room only, and the conference organizers had to ferry some more chairs in.
The problem with this third (and final) day is that there are five separate tracks in five different rooms, each with their own papers. For example, the first five presentations kicking off at 8:30 am are as follows:
- Using distributed objects to ease multicore software development (Redplain).
- The resource management API – what it is and what can it do for me? (Ignios).
- Design and architectural considerations for multicore embedded systems (Altera).
- Multicore software design and its impact on real-time performance (Accelerated Technology).
- An introduction to TIPC (Wind River).
And this is just the first batch; there are another five papers every 30 minutes until 3:00 pm (excluding lunch). Which should I attend? It's a conundrum indeed. Fortunately, things become much simpler toward the end of the conference, because at 3:00 pm everyone will be getting together in one room to start a panel discussion entitled "Silicon without software is just sand!" Watch this space!
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