Microsoft and Intel joined together to build two research centers focused on parallel computing and multicore programming research. The companies have agreed to offer a combined $20 million to two universities to fund the centers.
Microsoft and Intel plant to establish Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers at two universities, UC-Berkely and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both companies have agreed to invest the grant over a period of five years.
"This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to recast the foundations of information technology and influence the entire IT industry for decades said David Patterson to come,",
(Erm... excuse me Dr. David, "recast foundations?"; don't I arleady have this technology in my desktop?)
UC-Berkeley professor of computer sciences, in an announcement. "We are excited and proud to be a part of this ambitious effort."
The centers will promote industry/university collaboration in solving problems that face the IT industry.
The centers will be focused on parallel computing and multicore programming research and will help make new software technologies available to mainstream users. According to Microsoft and Intel, software developed by the centers will be made available to the vast technology community for further refinement
("parallel and multicore programming research...available to the vast technology community for further refinement", sounds like it doesnt exist. Could this be true?)
According to Microsoft and Intel, the shift to multicore processors has made it imperative to further refine our current methods of programming as well as creating new methods. Software optimization is necessary in order to take advantage of the multiple cores found on modern CPUs.
(Can this mean the proper instructions for parallel and multicore processing has not existed since the 8xx series?)
Microsoft and Intel won't be the only ones providing for the research centers. UC-Berkely researchers are also applying for a UC Discovery Grant, which matches industry grants through state and university funding. The University of Illinois committed another $8 million to the project.
Microsoft says the two universities were chosen out of a pool of 25 high-tech and leading computer science universities.