DataFlow SuperComputing for BigData


This presentation analyses the essence of DataFlow SuperComputing, defines its advantages and sheds light on the related programming model. DataFlow computers, compared to ControlFlow computers, offer speedups of 20 to 200 (even 2000 for some applications), power reductions of about 20, and size reductions of also about 20. However, the programming paradigm is different and has to be mastered. The talk explains the paradigm, using Maxeler as an example, and sheds light on the ongoing research in the field. Examples include SignalProcessing, GeoPhysics, WeatherForecast, OilGas, DataEngineering, DataMining, etc. A recent study from Tsinghua University in China reveals that, for Shallow Water Weather Forecast, which is a BigData problem, on the 1U level, the Maxeler DataFlow machine is 14 times faster than the Tianhe machine, which is rated #1 on the Top 500 list (based on Linpack, which is a small data benchmark). Given enough time, the talk also gives a tutorial about the programming in space, which is the programming paradigm used for the Maxeler dataflow machines (established in 2014 by Stanford, Imperial, Tsinghua, and the University of Tokyo). The talk concludes with selected examples and a tool overview ( and

About the lecturer

Prof. Veljko Milutinovic received his PhD from the University of Belgrade, spent about a decade on various faculty positions in the USA (mostly at Purdue University), and was a co-designer of the DARPAs first GaAs RISC microprocessor. Now he teaches and conducts research at the University of Belgrade, in EE, MATH, and PHY/CHEM. His research is mostly in data mining algorithms and data flow computing, with the stress on mapping of data analytics algorithms onto fast energy efficient architectures. For 7 of his books, forewords were written by 7 different Nobel Laureates with whom he cooperated on his past industry sponsored projects. He has over 40 IEEE or ACM journal papers, and about 4000 Google Scholar citations.

Life Member of the ACM
Fellow Member of the IEEE
Member of Academia Europaea
Member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of MindGenomics
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of MaxelerTechnologies


Veljko Milutinović (SRB)