A Conversation with James Reinders

As Chief Evangelist of Intel Software Products, James Reinders spends most of his working hours thinking about and promoting parallel programming. He’s essentially a professor at large, attuning himself to the needs of software developers with an interest in parallel programming so he can offer guidance on techniques, ways of learning, and ways to “think parallel” – all with a strong Intel bent, naturally. As Intel moved from a multicore paradigm to a manycore one with the introduction of Xeon Phi in 2010, Reinders parallel programming evangelizing went into overdrive. In the next half-decade, Reinders and Intel colleague Jim Jeffers co-authored two books focused on demonstrating the computational potential of Phi’s 60+ cores: High Performance Parallelism Pearls volume 1 and 2. With the second-generation Phi, Knights Landing, on-deck for general availability in 2016, we spoke with Reinders about the implications of Intel’s design…


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