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Netlib-java is for accessing hardware optimised linear algebra libraries (i.e. high performance mathematics). It is being used in investment banks, aerospace companies and has recently been adopted by the Apache Spark ecosystem:
In netlib-java, implementations of BLAS/LAPACK/ARPACK are provided by:
- delegating builds that use machine optimised system libraries (see below)
- self-contained native builds using the reference Fortran from netlib.org
- F2J to ensure full portability on the JVM
In this talk, Sam will be explaining why high performance linear algebra requires hardware support and show how to utilise netlib-java in Scala (e.g. via Breeze).
Sam will also discuss why GPUs are the future for linear algebra, and the technical challenges that remain.
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Sam Halliday is a chartered mathematician and software engineer with a love for technology innovation and free software (ENSIME, spark/netlib-java, etc).