Back from summerschool

I got back from the summerschool “getting Moore from multi-cores” a few days ago and I would like to spend a post about it.

The organisation of the course was wonderfull. It was this way last year, and this year, even with a lot more people attending, they still pulled it off!

First of all, the lectures were very interesting and the people that were giving them were very knowledgable. It was inspiring. After every lecture, that took about the entire morning and a few hours in the afternoon, there were a few assignments that we could do to get a better feeling about what was told in the lectures.
It was however quite tiring to concentrate for such long periods, especially when you take in account the fact that they were trying to give us enormous amounts of new information in only five days. The fact that the atmosphere was very relaxed and the people that were attending were very interested in the subject, and very easygoing, made it very doable.

Besides the lectures every lunch was organised and payed for. There was also a (quite geeky:D) pub-quiz (which our group won!=D), and a bbq.

All on all I’m very pleased about the experience, and I hope there will be new summerschools next year!

A little movie about the summerschool (if you watch very closely you can see me @ 2:18):


I graduated for my bachelor degree!
The results were:

  • 9/10 for the project itself
  • 7.5/10 for the thesis
  • 9/10 for the presentation

For more information about my graduation project, please visit this page.

Getting Moore from multi-cores

Some time ago I decited to apply for the summerschool “getting Moore from multi-cores”. Today I received comformation that I am accepted to the course. I’m quite excited since I went to the summerschool “5 talen in 5 dagen” last year, which was organised by the same people, and very interesting.

To quote their website:
“This summer school explores the changing face of computer systems and will provide you with new programming skills in getting the most from the current trend to multi-core architecture. Technology constrains mean it is no longer feasible to increase clock rates in newer generations of processors. Instead Moore’s law now dictates the doubling of the number of cores in each new generation of processor chip. Multi-core architecture is now common in both standard CPUs (central processing unit) and in GPUs (graphics processing unit).

During this week you will be introduced to new concepts in concurrent programming, introduced to new languages and you will get to grips with programming hundreds of cores in several different architectures.”

I will post an update about my experience later.

For more information on the summerschool: