OpenMP gets a new CEO
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Its been quite a few months since my last update and I apologize for the lack of blog updates since the last Standard meeting.place in history at this juncture with so many programming models developing to serve the expansion into parallel
Things have been hectic indeed. Up to now, I have been enjoying my super-techie life in September of last year and while giving a keynote speech to open the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Steinbuch Centre for Computing which does a great job of showcasing GRID computing, I was asked to become the CEO of OpenMP.
First a few things about the KIT school where the audience was very interested in the new C++11 Standard which was pretty much just ratified and published.
I accepted this stewardship fully aware of the importance of the position, and its unique
It is a consortium of many companies, that support the specification, as well as institutions that is interested
in the growth of OpenMP. In all, 22 companies are part of this consortium with anywhere from 6-10 implementers, including
many of the major companies such as Intel, Sun, HP, Microsoft, IBM and Redhat.
I have been involved with OpenMP for many years, mostly as a technical expert who can contribute an opinion about C++
in a parallel environment. I have contributed a few features to OpenMP 3.1 and 4.0, as well as leading subgroups, most recently with the Error Model. Now as CEO, my job will now include working with some of the industry's brightest minds in parallel programming to design a feature set for the future of high-level parallel language.
I can only hope that my stewardship will be worthy of all this fanfare.
In the mean time, after the nomination, the most urgent issue has been to attend SuperComputing 2011 in Seattle where
OpenMP holds a booth to showacse the release of OpenMP 3.1. I will meet many of the Directors, and ARB memebers, as well as give a keynote at the OpenMP BoF. I will describe that trip in some detail in the next blog posting.
But after that, it was off to organize the next OpenMP Face-2-Face meeting in San Francisco and head a discussion on the future of OpenMP. I will have more to say about all this in a following blog.