Conference Reports

JuliaCon 2018 is due to take place next week at London's University College. I intend to post some blog entries here to give a flavor of the developments with the Julia language. But first – why Julia?

Like many HPC types, I have a fascination with tools. Finding exactly the right tool for the job is a joy, and I simply cannot pass a tool store without at least a cursory look around. I was recently in London's upmarket Marylebone district. Here you can find David Penton and Son a traditional hardware store which has been there for 167 years. The sort of place where a gentleman in a brown shop coat stands behind a counter and has a detailed knowledge of every object in the store. As an aside, those interested in Natural Language Processing should view the Two Ronnies famous sketch. Paxton's is a similar shop, but with much nicer staff!

HPC on Wall Street Cluster Monkey has been attending the HPC on Wall Street meeting and exposition since it began. The event was a great way for those of us on the east coast to meet twice a year and learn the latest news and have great conversations. Lately, attendance seems to have waned a bit, but there was still a robust and active crowd. In days past, it was almost impossible at times to make your way through the exhibition hallway at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC.

Recently the show was acquired by Tabor Communication (of HPCWire fame). We believe this will breathe new life into the event and hopefully fill the hallways once again. The rebooted show is focusing on the following themes:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
  • Big Compute / HPC
  • Containerization in HPC
  • Cyber Security
  • Crypto Currency

For those on the east coast and beyond, the event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. See you there!

AKA The 2017 Beowulf Bash and Bowling Fete

Join us for huge bowling party with prizes. Click over to SC 17 Beowulf Bash for all the details (date/time, snarky comments).

The last time we visited Denver (SC13) we held the very popular “Physics of Spherical Newtonian Solids Smackdown” (a pool tournament). Because rolling spheres seems to be such a big hit in Denver, we decided to continue the tradition with a kind of bowling tournament! Yes, you read that correctly.

It s that time of year. The annual Supercomputing show is upon us. Expect a bit more coverage from Cluster Monkey this year and as always look for us at the Beowulf Bash (look for the Easter egg in the upper right hand corner of the Bash web page). We will be holding this years Bash on Monday November 14, 2016 at 9PM at the Discovery Gateway: Children’s Museum 444 100 South, Salt Lake City (a few blocks from the conference center).

The Beowulf Bash is a true community party, paid for by a multitude of vendors — often competitors of each other — in order to thank the Beowulf community that developed the technology upon which much of modern-day HPC was built. Although there are many sponsors, no one sponsor takes sole responsibility for the event (kind of like Linux).

If you were ever curious about those snarky Beobash Invites and web pages, the full story is over at InsideHPC in the form of an Interview with Lara Kisielewska of Xand McMahon and yours truly. As part of the interview, we have posted all the Beowulf Bash Invitations from 2008 to the present. Hope to see you there!

Despite some unseasonably cold weather, the 2014 Beowulf Bash was a huge success. We had a great party at Mardi Gras World, which was right next to the convention center. The initial tally was close to 1000 people! Some photos are below.

The once in a lifetime event was a parade honoring Tom Sterling and Don Becker on the 20th anniversary of Beowulf clusters. There were three small floats with Tom and Don leading the way. Sponsors like Cluster Monkey followed the floats with an arm full of beads that were thrown into the crowd. (Note: Since I was in the parade, I did not get many photos of the actual parade. If anyone has more photos of the parade please send them to deadline(you know what goes here)clustermonkey.net. Thanks to Massimiliano Fatica for the picture of Tom and Don)

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