EngCon is nearly over

Well it's been a great two days (one more to go) at our Santa Clara campus for the Engineering Conference. I've met people like Dan from one of our engineering groups on the US East coast, and then a whole mob of SunLabs people like Radia Perlman (who invented DecNet), Jonathon Kaplan, Mark Moir, Victor Luchangco, Nir Shavit, Dan Nussbaum and Jan Maessen. I was hoping that Whitfield Diffie and Guy Steele would have been there too, but unfortunately I didn't see them. I guess I'll meet them some other time. One thing in particular was placed into incredibly sharp contrast for me at this conference: the people attending are able to explain their particular field of research interest and make it seem easy and obvious. This, in my experience, is a very rare skill. So to come across so many people under the same roof who all work for Sun and who can all do this was just mind boggling. The closing remarks were delivered by Ivan Sutherland (Dan beat me to it with wifi to quote him). You know how when you're doing your research at uni and you read about the influential people of the past X years and maybe read their publications (check out the earliest publication.... well I never imagined that I would get to hear one of those luminaries speak, let alone that we work for the same company! Tomorrow the DTrace architects are presenting a short workshop which I'm going to attend, then I'll be cruising up El Camino Bignum to San Francisco to attend CEC.
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