Last week Dresden Germany hosted the ISC ’08 (International Supercomputing Conference) as well as Sun’s HPC Conference. It was a busy week for many of us in Dresden. Plenty of presentations, discussions and information exchange among the HPC community. Fritz Ferstl and myself had fruitful discussion with Dr. Matsuoka-san of TITech (Tokyo Institute of Technology) regarding Sun Grid Engine’s policy for throughput AND priority. I also had the opportunity to have dinner with another group of customers at a dinner hosted by Andy Bechtolsheim. Love talking to customers and listening. Having discussions with other industry vendors around trends, directions and new announcements certainly makes some topics lively. I personally find the automotive industry crash simulations for safety fascinating. These simulations are an example of applied HPC for an industry. More Sun HPC Software was announced last week in Dresden which included:
- Linux Edition 1.0
- Sun Grid Engine 6.2
- Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0
- Solaris HPC Developer Preview
- Sun Visualization Software 1.1
- Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1
I then headed to Prague for a few days and visited Sun’s development site. A beautiful city with a lot of history and culture. I understand now why Albert Einstein lived there and had the opportunity to eat at one of his favorite places. Prague is one of the centers of Eastern European growth as evidenced by the presence of many U.S. based technology companies. The busy commuter trains, congested technology parks and many construction sites are all you need to witness. Here’s to Macura, Michal, Martin, Victor, Marcin, Zsigmond, Jana, Lubomir, Alena and Michael.
Dresden and Prague are certainly cities of opportunity.