With some more travel coming out soon, I decided to catch up on some earlier travels.
This short post will cover my short trip to Beijing and Tokyo that I had early this year.
On the way to Beijing I got this promising fortune from a cookie
Then as we have been approaching the airport (only 24 miles left) the travel estimate adjusted to 44+ hours, that's quite a traffic jam, if you ask me
Noticed some Ukrainian vodka in Beijing 7-11 to my surprise.
And my hotel room in Beijing was spacious as usual. I wish Japanese hotels had at least this sized rooms (for a reasonable price).
As I was going by some Intel cube farm, I noticed this table with quite a bit of anime figures
Departing from Beijing we got into a heavy rain first that created a huge line of outbound flights.
This JAL flight had K-ON! on its entertainemnt system
Tokyo view from DDN Japan office window.
Tokyo view from one of the Tokyo University buildings.
After Tokyo University we went to a different place:
Inside they had a Fujitsu FX 10 install dubbed Oakleaf-FX, "only" 1.13 Petaflops (Which would have been top #1 only several years ago, but now you need to boast tens of petaflops to reach the top).
Water-cooled solution which a lot of the modern supercomputers seem to be moving away from.
And a Fujitsu-supplied 2.1 PB filesystem for the Oakleaf
There's also another shared filesystem made with DDN hardware.
And a compute node board from FX10.
Access to the computer floor is only in special slippers
Cool monkey earmuffs I saw on a train.
In the evening we went for a dinner at a place that did not look like anything special, but had really great food (which is very typical for Japan, the best places are rarely flashy)
Some sort of sea snails.
These turned out to be pretty tasty.
some real small fish that I don't remember the name of.
Really great sashimi
And a vegetarian soup, that I was told was very good too.
View from my hotel room the next morning.
And just a random shot on a bridge near a subway station.
I spend most of this last day runing around Akihabara looking for socks and some other stuff, and then nearly missed my outgoing flight