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August 31, 2016 15:00 ET

FiRe 2016 Conference to Introduce "Flow Computing"

The World's Most Advanced Technology Conference to Introduce a Radical New Computer Design

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - August 31, 2016) - In 2015, the Future in Review (FiRe) conference's annual CTO Design Challenge introduced "Pattern Computing" to the world for the first time, simultaneously launching a new research lab on the subject. This year's FiRe will see the introduction of "Flow Computing" -- a radical shift in moving static designs into the world of dynamic data flows. Flow Computing is intended to be integrated into all facets of processing big data, and will be one of several related groundbreaking topics under this year's FiRe theme, "The Power of Flows."

Larry Smarr, Director of Calit2 (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership), will open the conference with FiRe Chair Mark Anderson by describing this revolution in computing architecture, augmenting today's von Neumann chips with a new generation of non vN chips optimized for low-energy, dynamic, real-time, and high throughput.

"All data is going to be Big Data," Anderson has written of this new age of computing, in his SNS Global Report, "and all big data is going to occur in flows. Whether you're looking at social networks or weather, genetics or e-commerce, flows are everything, and understanding and extracting patterns from these flows will be the primary task in computing over the next decade."

"With the advent of self-driving vehicles, sensorized drones, human wearables, context-aware robots, and smart homes and cities, we have entered the Age of Data Flows. We need our cyber-infrastructure to evolve to support this new reality," said Smarr.

Smarr and Anderson will review progress in their jointly developed Pattern Recognition Lab (PRL), housed in Calit2's Qualcomm Institute. Together with the PRL's founding director, Ken Kreutz-Delgado, they announced its creation at FiRe 2015. The PRL has already acquired multiple non-vN processors and is optimizing a variety of machine-learning algorithms on them.

"We need to stop worrying only about the 'Internet of Things' and understand that computers will be operating on the 'Internet of Flows.' Storing everything will be impossible, data triage will be required, real-time sampling in a 24/7 world will be normal, and all of this is beyond today's compute environments," said Anderson, who is also the CEO of Strategic News Service (SNS), in announcing this year's FiRe CTO Challenge.

Future in Review (FiRe) is a gathering of world-class speakers and other participants, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaborations across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others.

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SNS has been operating the annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. For more information and to register, go to

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