We are thrilled to announce that Steve Furber will give the keynote at EuroSys 2012. As one of the pioneers in the days of the BBC Micro and one of the main forces behind the ARM 32bit processor, Steve's contributions to computer science have unique historical significance and have inspired generations of researchers in Europe and worldwide.

The keynote presentation will take place on Friday morning, April 13.

Keynote: Biologically-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing

Steve Furber (University of Manchester)

The talk will begin with a retrospective on the speaker's role in the development of the BBC Microcomputer and the first ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessors at Acorn in the 1980s, and then introduce SpiNNaker, a machine that uses more ARM processors than the original ARM used transistors. The SpiNNaker project (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) aims to deliver a massively-parallel computing platform for modelling large-scale systems of spiking neurons in biological real time. The architecture is based around a Multi-Processor System-on-Chip that incorporates 18 ARM processor subsystems and is packaged with a 128Mbyte SDRAM to form the basic computing node. An application-specific packet-switched communications fabric carries neural "spike" packets between processors on the same or different packages to allow the system to be extended up to a million processors, at which scale the machine has the capacity to model in the region of 1% of the human brain.


Steve Furber

Steve Furber — © P. Howkins

Steve Furber is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He received a B.A. in mathematics (1974) and his Ph.D. in aerodynamics (1980), both from the University of Cambridge. From 1980 to 1990, he worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers Ltd, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. One and a half million BBC Micros were sold and used in over 80% of U.K. schools. The ARM processor core is now used in thousands of different products, from mobile phones and tablets to digital televisions and video games. The number of ARM processor cores now shipped exceeds 30 billion. In 1990 he moved to the University of Manchester where he leads the Advanced Processor Technologies research group which has interests in asynchronous logic design, power-efficient computing, many-core architectures and neural systems engineering.


[30/04/12] Added some photos of the conference.

[19/04/12] With almost 300 participants and a great program, EuroSys 2012 was a success. Thank you for coming and see you next year!

[3/04/12] Conference proceedings.

[3/04/12] Program booklet.

[30/03/12] List of posters online.

[21/03/12] Detailed conference program online.

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