HPC News with Snark, Good Friday Edition

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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.