Get Ready for Parallel Programming, Featuring Parallella

Raymond Hightower

Thursday January 11th 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room B


Speed matters. For certain problems, parallel computing blows away the serial style we learned in school. What's a cool way for serially-trained developers to explore parallelism? Consider Parallella: An 18-core, credit card sized computer that developers can use to start learning parallel computing today. Parallella runs Linux, the hardware is open source, and you can buy it online for $150. This talk will feature a Parallella running a Ruby on Rails app with parallel processing behind the scenes. Example source code will be available on GitHub. You can start learning parallel computing today.

As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and since the general meeting is on Thursday we are planning the meeting afterwards at the Bulldog Alehouse restaurant in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map.


Ray Hightower founded and ran a technology company for twenty-one years before selling the company to 8th Light in 2016. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his BS in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, he blends his technical and business skills to serve clients as a member of the 8th Light team. Hightower is a perpetual student, currently exploring parallelism, quantum computing, and IoT.

Getting to the meeting

The next General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at:

        Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library
        Meeting Room B (1st floor)
        300 West Briarcliff Road
        Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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  Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library

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