Off to Supercomputing '07
By Josh Simons on Nov 09, 2007
It's that time of year again. Time to mount up and head to the year's biggest High Performance Computing event, Supercomputing. Reno is the gathering place this year.
As usual, Sun is holding a customer event this weekend, just prior to the conference. The Sun HPC Consortium brings together Sun HPC customers and Sun technical field engineers, product engineers, and marketing people for a weekend of presentations and discussions about all things HPC. As I have done for the last several Consortium meetings, I intend to blog as many of our customers' presentations as I can.
I like the Consortium meetings because it gives me a chance to really sit down and talk with some of our customers about their issues and requirements so I can take that information back into Engineering for future product planning.
Customers have told me they like the event because it gives them a chance to meet other Sun HPC customers, sharing best practices and experiences, and to get the straight scoop on what Sun is doing in a variety of HPC-related areas.
It's an excellent event, though intense and exhausting. By the time the Consortium ends, I'm usually ready for a break. But of then course, it is time for the Supercomputing conference itself to begin and the pace just accelerates.
This year I'll stay at Supercomputing long enough to attend the OpenMP Board of Directors meeting (I'm the current Chairman of the Board) and then fly to Colorado to do an "HPC and Storage" presentation with one of Sun's storage experts, Sean Cochrane, to a group of Sun's technical field groups, the Data Management Ambassadors. I'll spend the balance of Thursday meeting with people on Sun's Broomfield campus, and then fly home on Friday.