Stephen Toub – Parallel Computing Tour

StephenToub1 I’m excited to tell you that I’m organizing another product team tour!  Stephen Toub from the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft will be touring through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee in one week, speaking at corporations during the day and speaking at user groups in the evenings.  He will discuss concurrency and how .NET 4.0 simplifies parallel programming.  This is one of the things that I am seriously most excited about in .NET 4.0.  With Moore’s Law breaking down, software developers need to be able to master multithreading and know how to develop concurrent applications.  Historically, this has been very difficult.  It’s hard to understand concurrency issues, hard to write good code, and hard to debug when race conditions and such do happen.  With .NET 4.0, there are APIs and tools to make parallel programming much simpler.  This in turn can result in improved performance of your applications. 

Stephen will be speaking to the public in a number of venues.  Please register as directed below.  This is an amazing opportunity to learn about a cool new technology, directly from one of the people who built it.  In addition, it’s always nice to build relationships with people on the .NET Framework team. 

The official abstract and bio is below. 

Date/time Location Registration
Mon 10/26, 9-11am Microsoft office 2555 Meridian Blvd, Suite 300 Franklin, TN 37067 Mon 10/26, 6:30-8:30pm Microsoft office 2555 Meridian Blvd, Suite 300 Franklin, TN 37067
Tues 10/27, 6-8pm University of Louisville Campus J.B. Speed Hall, Room 100 Map No registration required.
Wed 10/28, 3-5pm Microsoft office 4605 Duke Dr, Suite 800, Mason, OH 45040-9410
Wed 10/28, 6-8pm MAX Technical Training 4900 Parkway Dr, Suite 160 Mason, OH 45040 Map
Thurs 10/29, 9-11am Microsoft office, Park Center III, Third Floor, 6050 Oak Tree Blvd S, Independence, OH 44131
Thurs 10/29, 6:30-8:30pm Sogeti office at Beacon Place Conference Center 6055 Rockside Woods Blvd, lower level Independence, OH 44131 To register, please send an email to with "RSVP" in the subject line.
Fri 10/30, 6-8pm Microsoft office, Southfield Town Center, 1000 Town Center Dr., Suite 1930 Southfield, MI 48075


Parallel Computing with Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4

With the .NET Framework today, correctly introducing concurrency and parallelism into libraries and applications is difficult, time consuming, and error-prone. However, as the hardware industry shifts towards multi-core and manycore processors, the key to high-performance applications is parallelism. The .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 offer solutions to help make coding, debugging, and profiling concurrent applications significantly easier. In this talk, we’ll examine Parallel LINQ-to-Objects (PLINQ), the Task Parallel Library (TPL), new coordination and synchronization types, and Visual Studio tooling support in order to provide a look at the next generation of parallel programming with .NET.

Stephen Toub is a Senior Program Manager Lead on the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft, where he spends his days focusing on the next generation of programming models and runtimes for concurrency, parallelism, and asynchrony. Stephen is also a Contributing Editor for MSDN® Magazine, for which he writes the .NET Matters column, and he’s an avid speaker at conferences like PDC, TechEd, and DevConnections. Prior to working on the Parallel Computing Platform, Stephen designed and built enterprise applications for companies such as GE, McGraw-Hill, BankOne, and JetBlue. He was a developer for Microsoft Outlook as well as for the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerators.