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SC06: A Beowulf cluster of supercomputer people

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SC06, "the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage," was held last week in Tampa, Florida. I took my video camera with me so that I could give you a little feeling of what the show was like, and even grabbed a couple of shots of the "by invitation only" Beowulf Users Group party that was held at a bar a few blocks away from the Tampa Convention Center.

Although the commonly-stated attendance figure of "over 9,000" was not quite true -- an actual count by the organizers came up with more like 8,500, including exhibitors and press hangers-on like me -- this is still a huge Beowulf cluster of people interested in supercomputing, and if all the clustered and "big iron" computers in the 250 vendor displays had been wired together, you could have had a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf clusters that would not only have boggled any sane person's mind, but would have caused near-instant deafness from all the cooling fan noise.

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