High Performance Computing in Ancient History (50 years ago)

Monday, September 26, 2016 -
2:30pm to 3:45pm
1240 CS

Speaker Name: 

Marty Itzkowitz

Speaker Institution: 





Long before there was Unix, C, C++, Java, email, internet, ..., there was High Performance Computing. In this talk, I will describe the dominant machines of that era, the IBM 709x, and the CDC 6600 and 7600.

I'll talk about the interesting characteristics of those machines, the software that ran on them, mass storage of that time, and the software development environment. I will also show pictures of some of the remarkable pieces of hardware from that time.

Speaker's bio:

Project Lead, Oracle Solaris Studio Performance Tools,

Marty Itzkowitz received an A.B. degree from Columbia College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from CalTech. After a
post-doctoral fellowship at UC-Berkeley, he worked on operating systems and distributed services at LBL. He was head of Operating Systems at Vitesse Electronics, and then worked on operating system performance and performance tools at Sun Microsystems and then at Silicon Graphics. He returned to Sun in 1998 as project lead for the Sun Studio Performance Tools, and and continues as the lead for the Oracle Developer Studio Performance Tools. His interests include operating system design and performance, multiprocessor performance, performance tools and scientific visualization. He is avid handball player and cook.

He has written and/or presented papers at various conferences, including: The Second International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, Paris, 1981; AFUU Convention Unix 90, Paris, 1990; Supercomputing Debugging Workshop, Albuquerque, 1991; Workshop on Debugging and Performance Tuning for Parallel Computing Systems, Cape Cod, 1994; SuperComputing '96, Pittsburgh, 1996; WOMPAT 2000, San Diego 2000; SuperComputing '03, Phoenix, 2003; the OpenMP BOF at SuperComputing '06, Tampa, 2006; the CommunityOne conference San Francisco, 2009; and the 3rd Parallel Tools Workshop, Dresden, 2009; JavaONE, San Francisco, 2012; and JavaONE, San Franciso, 2013 and JavaONE, San Francisco, 2015.