SC’05 sessions

We had wanted to see several of the sessions including the ClawHmmer, and various others. I spent most of my time talking with various vendors and others on the show floor. ClawHmmer is interesting as it is a GPU version of HMMer, and on good GPU hardware, you can get quite a performance boost on […]

SC’05 full day 1 (Tuesday)

This morning, SC’05 featured a keynote address from Bill Gates, CTO and founder of Microsoft. Prior to the keynote, we watched a video loop, and we heard from the heads of the ACM, and the president-elect of the IEEE, as well as the chairperson of the board for SC’06 in Tampa Florida. The president-elect gave […]

SC’05 begins …

At 7pm PST the network was officially lit with the traditional cutting of the optical fibre, then a ribbon was cut with a large pair wooden handled scissors. Long lines were formed, and much food was consumed. The best thing I saw at the show today is the LightSpace Technology display. The molecular display demo […]

Setup day batch 1

The first batch of setup day photos are up from SC’05. I am on the show floor looking about, talking with people thanks to the Cluster Monkies, and Linux Magazine. Looks to be an interesting show. Please be gentle on my picture taking skills, I am still getting used to this camera. Yes, I did […]

SC’05 T -1 and counting

The Sun HPCC group had some nice talks from folks doing real science. Specifically I did get to see a talk on path-integral formalism of molecular dynamics, another on using support vector machines for feature identification in patients with Glaucoma. Also saw quite a bit of stuff we cannot talk about, but it was quite […]

Conference: T -2 days and counting

I am here at the Sun HPCC meeting, as they had asked us for a talk on Opteron performance on single and dual core processors for life and chemical science applications. At this talk we gave a peek at our recent HMMer and NCBI BLAST performance among other things. For HMMer, we believe we currently […]

Planes, and automobiles (no trains)

Got here… finally. Seattle is largely sold out of hotel rooms, so I had to get rooms near the airport. Only a short drive to the conference. Could be worse. Weather is cool (a.k.a freezing for those from warmer climates) and wet. The car rental person started telling me all about how many times his […]

Questions to answer at SC05

So there should be lots of folks at SC05 to answer questions about technology, products, performance, TCO, and most anything else connected with supercomputing you could want to ask. Some questions I want to ask are from the good folks at Microsoft (Bill Gates is giving the opening keynote), what specifically their HPC initiative is […]


Much has changed in a year. Last year, a number of companies such as Orion were on the rise and the darlings of the event. Companies such as my former employer SGI had a strong presence, reasonable revenues, and there were thoughts of a possible turn around. Startups that garnered far less attention than they […]