Kindertransport and echos from terrible past times

I just returned from Hamburg Germany after attending ISC24. Hamburg is a beautiful city. The people are wonderful, and they even tolerated my rather terrible Deutsch Sprache. When I visited Vienna about 17 years ago, the people would immediately switch to English once they heard me speak. Go figure. ISC24…

A workaround for a problem

My primary test systems are Debian based. One of them hosts an AMD MI50 Instinct GPU that I use for dev/test/learning. I install various ROCm on this system. One of the packages to be installed is rocm-gdb. This is the GPU code debugger tool. This package has a…

The banality of evil, or FAFO

This past weekend, 7-October-2023 until this writing on 9-October-2023, has seen a horrific pogrom perpetrated against Israelis by a terrorist organization, Hamas.  During the pogrom, we saw images of people celebrating the events.  Celebrating murder and mayhem.  Celebrating rape, decapitation, torture.  Celebrating killing families. Sweets were handed out.  Joyful singing…

Shuffling machines

Given that I am starting a new position tomorrow, I wanted to build a new deskside machine to use.  One of my older cluster machines died a few weeks ago, and I needed to replace it.  My deskside machine at the time, was an AMD Epyc Rome unit with 16…

Joining AMD

I've accepted an offer from AMD for a Principal Member of Technical Staff position as Principal Customer Engineer for Instinct GPU Software.  I can't say much about the role at the moment, though I am looking forward to the challenge.   For those who have read this…

Risks and opportunity costs

The context of this post is about an important decision, at which company I am going to work, that I am finalizing now.  Every single decision you make between such scenarios carries a risk.  You can't eliminate risk.  You can, to some degree mitigate it by chosing carefully.…

Yarhzeit

It's been a year since he crossed the rainbow bridge.  I say good morning to his ashes every day.  It's still hard.   According to tradition, at the end of the 1 year morning period After the year-long mourning period ends and the Kaddish experience recedes, the…

A rubicon has been crossed

I have submitted, after editing/formatting/reviewing, my first SciFi short story for consideration of publication.  The next (about) 180 days of waiting for the response, be it negative (19/20 odds) or positive (1/20 odds), are going to be ... interesting. In the mean time ... I have a position…