While demand for computing continues to grow to keep pace with our daily needs and projections for semiconductor fabrication forecast an exponential increase in the number of transistors per chip well into the next decade, it has been increasingly impractical to harness performance using the sequential programming and execution paradigm due to unprecedented levels of complexity and power dissipation. The commodity building blocks for all segments of the computing market from embedded systems to supercomputers are now, and will continue to be, multicore/multiprocessor chips. Computer system design is at an infliction point where parallel computing which was once limited to skilled programmers for servers and supercomputers must now become mainstream transforming not just research and development of commodity computer systems but also education in the way we program and design software for everyday computing. The PARSA lab at EPFL targets research and education to make parallel systems and parallel system design mainstream.
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