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MUM professor's award-winning paper addresses challenges of parallel programming
by Global Good News staff writer

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25 August 2011

An award-winning paper by Dr Bruce Lester, professor at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, discusses parallel programming, a challenge in the field of computer technology now that computer processors have multiple cores. The paper received the Best Paper Award for the 2011 International Conference of Parallel and Distributed Computing in London, UK this summer.

Please see Part I of this article.

'Writing a parallel programme is a bit like managing a group of people all working together on one task,' Dr Lester explains. 'If one person can complete a given task in a week, then hopefully five people working together might be able to complete the same task in two days. However, this requires that the five people communicate with each other and coordinate their respective activities.

'The situation is the same with multiple cores working together on a single computational task. The programme must coordinate the respective activities of the cores so they work in an integrated way and do not interfere with each other.

'This requirement for coordination and communication makes it more difficult to write parallel computer programmes for multiple cores compared to writing sequential computer programmes for a single processor.

'This presents a significant challenge for the future of computer technology, and there is a large research effort aimed at simplifying parallel programming. I have been working on this problem for many years and present some of my latest ideas in the paper that received the award.'*

In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Lester's discussion of parallel programming.

*Faculty and students at Maharishi University of Management enjoy Consciousness-Based Education, including practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, which scientific research has shown to expand intelligence and creativity, supporting innovative thinking for new solutions to pressing problems in diverse fields.

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