220 Photos - Nov 17, 2013
Photo: Booth Pallet!Photo: Arrived approximately as it departed...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The conference center has a big blue bear.  It is a useful meeting place.Photo: We needed the canopy to be 15" higher.  4x5Gal bucket, bolts, wingnuts, knife, and a eye-bolt to use to help bore the hole later, and we're in slightly-ghetto business.  
Always carry a knife, you are less than human without tools.Photo: Photo: Hank, getting very involved in something trivial.Photo: Good sandwiches. Apparently a local chain.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Exhibitor party was at coors field.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Oh look.  A field.Photo: Photo: Most of the geeks weren't really sure what to do with the venue.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Extreme brought their party-truck again.Photo: Denver.Photo: Ciena, also in on the party-truck game.Photo: Current research white papers.  People coveted the 3D printed paper holders.Photo: I'm overeating like crazy this week.  Lemon and Pecan bars? Yes please.Photo: Photo: Photo: Hank Dietz and Don Becker having their annual "We were first with clusters" gloat.Photo: Photo: The sharing of Aggregate wisdom.Photo: The line for the Beowulf bash was considerable.Photo: ...And got worse after we arrived.Photo: Beowulf Bash was in Wynkoop Brewing.  The B3K Black Lager was really tasty.Photo: Photo: Packed, as usual.Photo: Photo: I'm not usually in to Lagers, but this was probably my favorite beer of the trip.  I wish I'd had a chance to do more regional beer tasting.Photo: Suitably geeky swagbag.Photo: Photo: Photo: The booth is set.Photo: Some art adding a tiny bit of culture to the wasteland of malls.Photo: Seeing a _lot_ of water-block type cooling this year.  There were a few in the past, but it is everywhere now.Photo: *Dense* storage from nexsan.Photo: Photo: Asrok storage chassis.  Looks like a more affordable version of a system SGI was showing last year.Photo: Photo: These guys make really nice power cables, with a variety of locking connectors or addons.Photo: TI/HP Moonshot part.  Couple of Cortex A15 (?) ARM cores and TI DSPs on a card.Photo: 3M has some really fancy high-integrity flex cables.  Running PCI-E over ribbon here.Photo: Photo: The node-pair bonding cables out of a Cray.  3M product.Photo: 3M Novec, the successor to Cray blood.  Phase-changing immersion cooling.Photo: Just looking out the front of the booth.Photo: "Knowing Matters..."Photo: Wat?Photo: Core memory amplifier module from ILLIAC II.Photo: Photo: Dat free-form construction.Photo: Photo: More water.Photo: Photo: Snazzy rack.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I think I've only found two vendors that use Xeon Phi parts not on the reference boards.  Cray is one of them.Photo: AMD's tiny lil' booth.  I heard a variety of interesting and wonderful things about AMD from people I'm inclined to believe.  It genuinely sounds like their lean period is coming to and end and they are about to have some very good years.Photo: Pretty good nvidia partner talk about the Map-D GPU-based in-memory database.  Also, really nice nvidia green scarf for attending...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We ran into Burton Smith on the way back from dinner.  Apparently MSR got him a D-Wave to see if he could figure out how to do useful things with it...
I could listen to Burton talking about whatever he is interested in pretty much indefinitely.Photo: Kalray makes interesting little VLIW array processors, aimed at a strange market space.Photo: Fancy Fujitsu high-density CPU parts.Photo: Photo: Cooling block for a Fujitsu high-density chip carrier.Photo: Fujitsu chip carrier module.Photo: Next-gen Fujitsu prototype.Photo: Photo: Fujitsu is not fucking around about high-density nodes.Photo: Huawei is selling their compute parts as a product now.  I am very impressed with what I saw.Photo: Front of a Huawei Tecal X8000.  I'm really impressed with their compute hardware, it's a new industry for them and they are entering strong.Photo: Huawei does the same nice trick as Cray with a central power unit an a couple giganitc hot-swappable fan units in a whole rack of blades.  Apparently developed for telecoms customers who wanted to be able to do ludicrously fast deployments.Photo: Pico maximally-dense FPGA box.  It was cracking DSA keys when I walked by...Photo: HP/TI collaborative board, couple of Cortex A15(?) ARM cores and TI DSPs on a little module.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Enough infrastructure to run a substantial fraction of the internet.  And the conference wifi is still flaky.Photo: Photo: Photo: SCInet - more bisection bandwidth than many datacenters.Photo: Photo: Photo: Penguin cloud-in-a-box.Photo: HP's expanse.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: One of th several dell blade formfactors.Photo: A dell blade.Photo: Eurotech's new 26Tflop fanless (almost, one in each PSU) deskside.Photo: Photo: Photo: Cray doesn't seem to be doing desksides anymore, but Eurotech has picked up the slack.  Custom backplane, quick-disconnect water cooling, infiniband, with remote water cooling.Photo: The radiator for Eurotech's deskside super.Photo: One of Eurotech's fancy motherboards and beautiful cooling blocks.Photo: The little black covers are custom form factor 16-lane PCI express card accelerators that bolt to the opposite side of a Eurotech cooling block from the mobo.Photo: A shitton of fiber bandwidth.  I don't even recall whose.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Intel + Intel Vendor Ghettos.Photo: Photo: Intel i860 History exhibit.  I'm somewhat surprised they admit to the line, though it wasn't an abject failure the way some of their families have been.Photo: Intel i860 history exhibit.  I'm a little surprised they admit to it, though it was moderately successful in a few markets (unlike,say, the iAPX).Photo: Photo: Photo: The current iteration of Tyan's hosting center in a box.  4u, 16 independent nodes, including a network.Photo: Samtec has some _really_ slick small form factor optical-transceiver-in-plug gadgets.Photo: Intel had an Arduino Galileo board on the floor, they are apparently still pretty scarce even for the well-connected.   This one was for a distributed sensor project in Portland.Photo: Hank, with Tim and Randy (former PhD students)Photo: Convention Center ArtPhoto: Convention Center ArtPhoto: This was a depressing talk.  Journals proud of their 75-week average submission-to-print cycle.Photo: Photo: Had an excellent conversation on Linux and computing in general with SuSE's Vojtech Pavlik (  https://www.suse.com/communities/conversations/author/vojtech_pavlik/  ) in a nearly-empty afternoon talk.  
The booth boss gave me a really awesome SuSE backpack in addition to the usual session swag, apparently for keeping their crazy engineer amused.Photo: Photo: Photo: Ah-HEM CS department, our neighbors were showing work you were involved in, you should have at least sent some posters or something with us.Photo: Cray-1 Board.Photo: The idea of a water nipple vendor at SC is odd, but it makes sense this year.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: NEC's Crazy SX-ACE 256GFLOP/core vector machine.Photo: The new end of IBM's history exhibit.  Still one of the densest blocks of Compute I've ever laid eyes on.Photo: A byte of memory...Photo: Some core.Photo: Photo: Various IBM products of historical interest.Photo: Photo: Sample nodes from several early-modern IBM supers.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Pneumatic Lego turing machine in inria's booth.Photo: Photo: Photo: NWT module, world's top vector computer circa 1993.  Mixed fab tech.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_Wind_TunnelPhoto: The national labs were collapsed into this DOE booth.  Deeply changes the conference.  Probably a better use of taxpayer money...Photo: I really like this visualization of FS use cases.  I complimented it to someone standing in the booth, and it turned out to be their design.Photo: Photo: This thing just looks slick.  Spectra nTier Verde archival disc storage.Photo: Photo: 16-slot PCI-E extension chassis.  Can be broken into controller banks.   Air or water cooling.  Insanity.Photo: Photo: HotLava manytap network adapters being used to make an experimental switch-like box.Photo: 1U radiator block.  This didn't strike me as a good idea.Photo: I went book-browsing at Elsiver and CRC's booths.  This looked like fun.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's just a Supermicro chassis filled out, but Silicon Mechanics always does a really nice job.Photo: Everything breaks down *fast*, us included.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Oops.Photo: Photo: My phone and I didn't quite have it together here.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: