Ok, so the soap opera title may in fact be appropriate. When the deal was first announced, reading over the press release had me thinking that a good convergence was in order. We were seeing Microsoft finally (correctly) decide that working with Linux was a good thing for it. Then the Microsoft execs opened their mouths.
From the last post, you can read some of what I did see and hear. This is about what was missing.
Well, SC06 is now history. Reno is the next venue. Maybe we will have a bit of a booth then.
So what happened, what was extraordinary, what was ordinary?
Ok, been promising to post this, so I am going to break it up into chunks. I will report on what I saw, what I didn’t see, and what I wanted to see. Will break each of these up into posts on its own for better manageability.
These thoughts are randomly coursing through my mind as I sit here waiting on the support number for HP. I purchased an HP laptop for business use about 2 years ago, and it has had a few problems. It’s a great unit: AMD64, 1 GB ram, big disk, nVidia graphics. Would love to get something like this again when I buy the next one in about 6-9 months.
Cray and IBM. Congratulations to them. HPCS is about making supercomputers more productive for end users. How to leverage tremendous efficiencies, build better languages for faster, better, more accurate development. I was very impressed with Chapel. IBM’s looked like a Java derivative, as verbose and opaque as Java usually is (it is often hard to discern what Java is doing from Java source).
Ok, this has been bouncing around in my head for a while now. Been trying to work up something to really describe it correctly in terms of a mathematical model. I have an idea, but too little time to work on it.
This took a while. It sorta kinda hit me while at the BoF meeting, the ISV presenter pointed out that in the HPC/cluster world, windows doesn’t seem to show up, while on the desktop it is prevalent.
Ok, so color me amused. I knew that it would not take long, and sure enough, the “independent bloggers” doing marketing for various organizations have fired their second shot. The first one is the “Linux is too hard” meme that seems to have died the quiet death it deserved. This next one is unfortunately as laughable as it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of something critical.