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Video: Harlem Shake Comes to HPC

Who says that HPC folks don’t know how to have fun? Our Video Sunday feature continues with this Mellanox rendition of the Harlem Shake, an Internet meme that is apparently all the rage at the moment.

I had to look it up, but the Harlem Shake is a recent phenomenon, with versions performed by diverse groups including the Norwegian Army, Dallas Mavericks, and the Swansea City football team.

The videos last between 30 and 32 seconds and feature an excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds.

I’m wondering if someone could simulate the spread of this kind of thing? As of February 15, about 40,000 Harlem Shake videos had been uploaded, totalling 175 million views.

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