Tuesday, March 23

Twenty Five Years of the BLAS - A Celebration

10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Ballroom C

It is just over 25 years since the first proposal for the specification of standard linear algebra subprograms was published as a JPL report and in the Signum Newsletter. This meeting provides an appropriate opportunity and forum to celebrate the event. These subprograms are of course commonly known as the BLAS. In this minisymposium, the speakers will look at the background and motivation for the original and subsequent BLAS, take a retrospective view and look to the future through the work of the BLAS Technical Forum, which is looking at the BLAS in the light of modern software, language and hardware developments.

Oganizers: Sven Hammarling
The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd., United Kingdom
Jack J. Dongarra
University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
James C. T. Pool
California Institute of Technology

10:00-10:25 Background, Motivation and a Retrospective View of the BLAS
Charles L. Lawson, California Institute of Technology
10:30-10:55 The Level 2 and Level 3 BLAS, and LAPACK
Sven Hammarling, Organizer
11:00-11:25 Higher Level BLAS for Sparse Matrices
Iain Duff, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom
11:30-11:55 The Future of the BLAS
Jack J. Dongarra, Organizer

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