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· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · July
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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 · [Missed this one last week in Europe] 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 Con­stel­la­tion 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 has close-ups and un­veil­ing shots, but Jonathan has the best pic­tures. Why is this in­ter­est­ing? Josh has the num­bers: 19% of the world­wide serv­er mar­ket.
 
Important: Microsoft Vancouver · [Missed this last week in Europe] Mi­crosoft is open­ing an R&D shop here in Van­cou­ver, 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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