My three-hour trek up I35 from Austin to Dallas finally allowed me the time to gather my thoughts and reflect on this year’s Supercomputing extravaganza. Rather than slogging through paragraphs of what I saw this year, I decided to condense my thoughts into highlight bullets. Here goes…
.: Thanks go out the the SC08 committee members. Great show!
.: Lots of interesting viz this year. GraphStream in HPCMO’s booth, SGI, SciViz, NCSA, Boston and many more had lots of cool displays with lots of cool content.
.: Commercializing the NLR. DarkStrand made an appearance at SC…. and why not!? The bandwidth is there, lets use it!
.: Place your bets! The Top500 horse race is in full swing. Lots of changes again for this list. Keep an eye out for hints of fun for the next list, unveiled at ISC.
.: Cluster Challenge participants, great job! We’ll be announcing the full results soon. Regardless of who came out on top, all of you are winners in my book. We’re looking at the next bright shining stars in high performance computing.
.: SiCortex looked bigger and stronger. No longer just a startup and maybe an industry contender. [please, not Rocky jokes]
.: Convey Computer’s neat design. Can’t wait to see what else they have in store.
.: Everyone has an NVIDIA desktop supercomputer product. Show me something differentiated.
.: Despite financial woes, AMD made a splash.
.: Neat giveaways this year. Platform Computing had the raunchiest shirts, NCSA had coloring books [btw, my daughter loves it], SpectraLogic had “Petaflops”, NASA had some wicked cool posters and yours truly had stickers!
.: I think the biggest story of the year was the user participation. The global economy isn’t very healthy, yet the turnout was strong.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show this year. I’m more exhausted this year than in years past. I hope to see everyone again next year in Portland for SC09.