All in all the Parallel has been on the same level as last year. I much appreciate that they invited Ulrich Drepper to give two talks. The keynote alone was quite worth it. I guess the most important things one needs to know before starting any parallel programming or HPC has been covered. Besides common knowledge such as Amdahl's law and frequency scaling the talk contained information on virtualization, novel hardware features, and task-based programming. It went from high- to low-level and back again.
The program was as mixed and informative as in the previous year. From Java to .NET, from functional programming languages like Scala to Go. Again, some members of the C++ committee participated as speakers providing useful information on the standardization process and current events. It also opened the door for interesting disussions and the exchange of ideas.
The only thing I missed was the Flammkuchenmobil. This year the conference was held in Heidelberg, which obviously isn't famous for its delicious Flammkuchen or offers any kind of Flammkuchenmobil. Too bad!