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07/07/07 · On the seventh of July this year, we participated in the global lucky-number wedding boom by attending Gerhild and Reinhard’s wedding in Berlin. Here are some photos, which are only of interest if you like weddings or modern Lutheran ecclesiastical architecture ...
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Important: Constellation · <i>[Missed this one last week in Europe]</i> We made a big splash earlier this summer at the High-Performance Computing show in Dresden; a concerted attempt to grab a bigger piece of the HPC market. I thought the coverage was pretty intelligent: the big deal about <a href='http://www.sun.com/featured-articles/2007-0626/feature/index.jsp?intcmp=hp2007jun26_constellation_read'>Constellation</a> isn’t the blades or the disks, it’s the big switch. Anyone can stuff a bunch of racks with blades with hot chips on ’em; the hard part is getting them to work together, and whatever the approach, it’s easy to get bottlenecked on the messaging. The big new 3,456-way Infiniband switch is a brute-force assault on the problem, combining silicon, bus-ware, connector, and cabling wizardry: Josh Simons <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/simons/entry/sun_constellation_system_petascale_computing'>has close-ups</a> and <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/simons/entry/petascale_unveiled_photos_from_dresden'>unveiling shots</a>, but Jonathan <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/size_matters'>has the best pictures</a>. Why is this interesting? Josh <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/simons/entry/if_you_think_high_performance'>has the numbers</a>: 19% of the worldwide server market.
Important: Microsoft Vancouver · <i>[Missed this last week in Europe]</i> Microsoft is <a href='http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jul07/07-05MSExpandVancouverPR.mspx'>opening an R&D shop here in Vancouver</a>, and they’re doing it specifically because of immigration issues. News Flash: Most of the really smart people in the world aren’t Americans and don’t live in the U.S. But if you want to gather a bunch of them together to take on hard problems, you probably can’t do it in America because of US immigration law. Canada looks like a good alternative: if you’ve got an established business willing you to hire you for a technology job at a decent salary, you can get a temporary-worker visa here pretty well right away. (Furthermore, if you like it and don’t commit any major crimes, you can then arrange to stay and become a citizen.) ...
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