HPC News with Snark, Good Friday Edition

The rollercoaster week here at insideHPC reminds that life is what we focus on. There’s been no shortage of HPC news, though, so here are some of the notable nuggets:

  • Jobs! Google and Microsoft are recruiting 6200 in a talent war. Now you just have to decide if you want to write code that people use daily or avoid daily.
  • Amazon Cloudpacalypse! In the wake of the Amazon meltdown this week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy joined the Twitter nation with an update on the company’s famous slogan The Network is the Computer.
    • “I said the NW is the Computer, I did not say it had 100% uptime.”
  • Third Petascale Bull. With a big win at Japan’s International Fusion Energy Research Center, Bull has firmly established itself in HPC’s elite ranks.
  • 54 Years of Fortran. The venerable programming language that debuted in 1957 celebrated it’s birthday this week.
  • Beam me up, Scotty. Australian researchers have demonstrated for the first time that atoms can be guided in a laser beam and possess the same properties as light guided in an optical communications fiber.

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