Visits to Kobe

On our third day in Kyoto we actually went to Kobe instead. We had an agreement with a friend to visit Kobe university supercomputer center, and also to see around while there and to visit another Volks store.

View from Shin Kobe station
We have arrived to the Shin-Kobe station initially, and this is the view out of the station window.


Short business trip to Beijing and Tokyo at the end of February - beginning of March 2013

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.

Fortune rom a cookie on the way to Beijing
On the way to Beijing I got this promising fortune from a cookie ;)


Trip to Salt Lake City, Supercomputing 2012

After a big delay, finally I got around to publishing our report about visiting Salt Lake City in November 2012.

The winter certainly could be felt there unlike previous year in Seattle, for example.

window view
Window view on day 1.


Supercomputing 2011, part2

Ok, a bit rushed continuation of the SC11 post.

The next day (Wednesday) we also spent on the show floor. Not all that much of interesting stuff happened, but here are some more pictures.

SC11 showfloor


Supercomputing 2011

While we have not finished publishing the Paris trip yet, we have been on the go constantly ever since then.

Just this Friday we got back from SuperComputing 2011 conference and I am publishing some pictures of it now with more to follow.

SC11 was held in Seattle this time.

The pictures start with a lunch we had at Oba-san sushi restaurant right after we have arrived on Nov 12th.

Bento at Oba-san sushi
Bento-box I had.

BPS visits ORNL

Do you remember our visit to SuperComuputing 2010? Today we have a follow up on its events.

Seeing as how Chinese supercomputer dethroned US as top #1 supercomputer in the world (a position US maintained for many years) and also captured #3 spot with another supercomputer, US started to make the plans to regain the leadership in this area.

Of course this is an area that BPS is interested in as well. So Akira decided it's time to fulfill the SC10 promise and visit ORNL in person.

BPS and James
Warm welcome awaited at the Lab


BPS at SuperComputing 2010

It's this time of the year again, and all supercomputer enthusiasts gathered for SuperComputing show that was held in New Orleans on Nov 13-18 to determine who has the longest fastest supercomputer in the world.

We decided to go too, and not alone, we decided to introduce our newest project, BPS (Akira Shirase) to the world and what better place to do it than at the SuperComputing show.

For those of you who do not know, BPS (Battle programmer Shirase) is a cool Japanese computer hero who singlehandedly defeated evil hacker "King of America" in the mighty struggle over supercomputer control.

Shirase at SC10
Shirase at the main floor.


SuperComputing 2009 in Portland

SuperComputing 2009 conference was held in Portland Nov 16-20 this year and I was sent there to participate as well.

The big good news out of the announcements was that ORNL's Jaguar XT5 Supercomputer is now officially the fastest supercomputer in the world after recent upgrade to 6-core opteron processors. And I was one person helping to make this happen too (even though the announcement does not even mention Lustre which is the filesystem used on Jaguar). It is strange how ORNL keeps naming their fastest supercomputers Jaguar (so now they actually have two Jaguar and to distinguish between them they name the later one "Jaguap pf", meaning petaflop). Jaguar sports 2.5 petaflops peak performance when all of its 255,584 cpu cores are used. Storage bandwidth is 284 gigabytes/sec.

Some of the pictures are somewhat blurry due to camera shake, since I did not want to use flash.

Surprisingly, even though we are a part of SUN now, our group got a separate small booth at the other side of the exhibit hall.

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