A Soft Landing in Austin, Texas

I arrived last night in Austin for the Sun HPC Consortium meeting this weekend and for Supercomputing ’08 next week. I joined several colleagues for a casual dinner at a local home hosted by Deirdré and her daughter Ross and attended by several of Ross’ friends. It was a fun and relaxing way to ease into this trip, which year to year proves to be pretty exhausting since the Consortium runs all weekend and is followed immediately by Supercomputing, which we can count on to deliver a week of high-energy, non-stop sensory overload.

Thanks to Deirdré for the invitation and to Ross, Mo, Trishna, April, Griffin, and Terry for the entertaining evening and the extremely wide-ranging conversation (wow!) And a special thanks to Ross for hosting and for introducing me to a Sicilian pesto that’s to die for! YUM. In return, I hope they enjoyed my “opening the apple” demo. 🙂

Our internal training session for Sun’s HPC field experts (HPC ACES) will finish in about an hour, at which point we will break for lunch and the return for the start of the HPC Consortium meeting.

Let the games begin!

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