Kyril Faenov of Microsoft passed away several days ago. He was one of the visionaries and leaders behind Microsoft’s HPC effort. He was also a nice guy, one whom I had a chance to talk with several times over the last few years. One of the bright folks you like to challenge. I respected him and his efforts, even if I didn’t agree with them.
More information here, and I found this originally at InsideHPC.
My family had our own encounter with mortality over the past year. We realized after we were through the hardest part of it, that every day afterwords is a gift, something to be treasured. It changes your perspective on whats important in life.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.