For our June meeting, Merik Voswinkel will give us a presentation on Smalltalk and Self hardware with a focus on manycore parallelism and distributed computing.
This follows from Jecel Assumpcao Jr's SiliconSqueak presentation at the California Smalltalkers meetup.
Merik will bring us on a tour past 50 years of late bound message passing Smalltalk VMs, Smalltalk RISC processors, David Ungar’s RoarVM, adaptive compilers, concurrent aggregates, clone-reduce, a processor per object, FPGA’s, Morphle Logic, Croquet and Teatime , Wafer Scale Integration, hundred (M1 Ultra), thousands and million cores ASICs, Cuniform, Matroshca Brains and much more in our tourney towards the Wayne Gretzky invention game of inventing the future.
If there is time we’ll go burning the Smalltalk disk packs, the intergalactic network GUI and the destiny of computers as intellectual amplifiers for humans pervasively networked worldwide and how we are going to communicate with Aliens.
Merik Voswinkel is an independent scientist who build his first transputer supercomputer for Smalltalk after the Byte 1981 Smalltalk issue, build one of the first internet providers, works on SiliconSqueak, wafer scale integrations and Enernet energy computing.
This will be an online meeting from home. If you'd like to join us, please sign up on the Meetup page.
Update 20 July 2022: the recording of Merik's presentation is now available on Vimeo.