Patterns of Parallel Programming at PDC 2009

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The patterns & practices team are hosting a Pre-Conference Day at the Professional Developers Conference 2009. We've got a great day lined up for you with speakers like Herb Sutter and Steven Toub—Senior Program Manager on the Parallel Computing Platform—and Richard Ciapala—Principle Developer on the HPC Server team. The ...

patterns & practices Summit 2009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Dates and an session schedule for this year’s patterns & practices Summit have been announced. The next patterns & practices Summit takes place October 12-16 in the Kodiak Room at the Microsoft Conference Center at Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers including Martin ...

Mixed Languages: The Right Tool for The Right Job

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The N-body modeling code and visualization I’ve been working on finally got off the ground in some sort of reasonable form last night. Here you can see it running with 5000 stars at over 30 frames a second. It’s been working from the start (agile/TDD isn’t something you just write about) ...

N-Body Modeling and Technical Computing Resources

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Someone asked for a list of resources on N-Body modeling. I had a bunch of links in my favorites so here they are. I also threw in some more on technical computing and writing high performance code.

C# Optimization Revisited Part 2: Concurrency

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

In Part 1 of Optimization Revisited I considered, with the help of Bill Clinton, improving performance by using a fundamentally better algorithm rather than micro-optimizing an existing one. One thing that’s pretty obvious looking at the CPU usage on a  machine with more than one core is that even the ...