Press Release – 11 February 2013


Multicore Software: a new high-tech industry for New Zealand


Just a week from Multicore World 2013 (19-20Feb, Wellington Town Hall), Open Parallel would like to invite you to participate, attending and supporting our quest to start a new high-tech industry for New Zealand and Australasia.

  • Join speakers and attendees from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, NZ, UK and USA
  • Meet leaders from Industry, Academia and Government: IBM, Intel, Oracle, GreenButton, STFC, CatalystIT, Compucon, Varnish, Kiwibank, Callaghan Innovation, NeSI, NIWA, NZTE and more, and from ANU (Australia), AUT, Universities of Auckland, Canterbury, Chicago, Houston, Otago, Victoria and Waikato


Why is Multicore World important?

…everyone who’s been listening with even one ear knows that mobile, social, cloud, and data are big freight trains of change that are blowing up old business models. But let’s face it: that train is in the station. What’s next?” says Venture Beat and quotes Forrester Research presenting “15 emerging technologies to watch from now to 2018” in four main areas:

  • Infrastructure and application platforms
  • Process data management technologies
  • Sensors and remote computing technologies
  • End user computing technologies


Why is this happening?


Because behind them, a silent revolution is happening in computer hardware and software: multicore and parallel computing. This is a permanent change that affects every computer programmer of the planet -and will only continue from now.


Adapteva, a company focusing on low power multicore microprocessor design near Boston says: “We (won’t) wait for the rest of the industry to come to the fact that parallel computing is the only path forward…We could put 1,000 cores on a single chip in two years. Are you ready for that?”

Near 5,000 people are. They backed Adapteva’s project in Kickstarter with USD 900,000… in one month!

What will come out of (1,000 cores in a chip)?” “…We do know (of) applications DESPERATE for more efficient processing (that) are stalling today…” Part of the list: “…Face detection/recognition; manufacturing inspection; Autonomous driving, driver assist, fog penetration, holographic heads up display, intersection traffic monitor; real-time market analytics; in the field seismology processing; Medical: portable ultrasound, DNA sequencing; real time speech recognition; and many more!


Forbes magazine included multicore in their Technologies Of The Future: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013: “Companies will develop new approaches to help unleash the power of multicore computing.” – “As we enter the parallel processing era, learning to interact with multicore technology is a critical priority”


To address this priority, Open Parallel – a New Zealand based company/community specialised in software for multicore and parallel computing, organises the 2nd Multicore World conference, 19-20 Feb at the Wellington Town Hall


Multicore World is a “think-tank” where local and international experts discuss at peer-peer level how to take advantage of these technologies, today -and create a new industry from New Zealand.


Take for example excerpts from Prof Ian Foster‘s keynote: How to grow the economy 10% per year

IT…central role (in the economy)…is only going to accelerate… as a result of advances in cloud and multicore computing.”


Keynote Tim Mattson (Intel Corporation, US) is presenting: “The revolution in your pocket: Invisible computers with Dissociative Identity Disorder” –

…If you pay close attention to hardware trends and emerging software standards, …you can sketch out the high level details of where we are going…: (1) computers are becoming invisible and (2) they have developed dissociative identity disorder… Software developers, will have (to) adapt to this brave new world.”


Other keynotes are IBM’s Linux CTO, Paul McKenney (USA) and FreeBSD and Varnish Software creator, Poul-Henning Kamp (Denmark).

Full program with 18 talks and panels – Multicore World 2013 – 19th & 20th February, Wellington Town Hall

Registrations are open at 



Contact: Nicolas Erdody, Director, Open Parallel.