By Prasad Pai on Nov 09, 2007
Last time I attended this conference was as a grad student doing research on parallel algorithms and numerical computing. Just landed in Reno. As I was driving to my hotel I couldn't help thinking how Reno, over the next week, will be swarming with some of world's brightest scientists talking about PetaFLOPS and MIPS, intermingled with the regulars to this town that talk poker and blackjack. Some interesting discussions will be happening in Reno bars this weekend. "Can you program these slot machines to better my odds of winning the jackpot" "Let me explain to you how probability works ...."
I ran into Bjorn Andersson (HPC Growth Target owner) on my flight to Reno and we had some interesting discussions about HPC; it's history, where we are today with our systems and positioning in HPC market. We also talked about our cluster management product, xVM Ops Center, and the positive feedback I got from my pitch to Tech Ambassadors yesterday. Bjorn feels that we are in a much much better position today compared to the same time last year (Supercomputing 06 in Florida, USA). We have great products, compelling strategy, key design wins and executive sponsorship to highly perform.
Somehow, the timing feels right to me too, in terms of having number of pieces in the HPC puzzle in just the right place, for Sun to drive success in HPC - incredibly cool systems, Magnum IB, Studio tools, cluster file systems, MPI cluster tools, shared visualization tools, Solaris and Linux, Grid Engine and xVM Ops Center !! Saved the best for last