2020, the year of the Rat
Have a good new Year everyone!
Janne and Ritsuko
Naha airport has square windows toward the runway that make for a neat natural frame if you manage to catch a moment without people sitting or standing in front of them. This is Ritsukos idea by the way; I just copied her.
The conference is held at the Colorado Convention Center. It's right in the middle of the city, a couple of blocks from the main walking street.
Immersion water cooling displays are always fun. You can see the liquid boiling away from the CPU in this image. It's clear that water cooling in some form is going to be mandatory for most high-performance clusters in the near future; Racks are getting denser and CPUs and GPUs more power hungry. Air is just not enough any longer.
Yes, AMD had juggling presenters in their booth this year. AMD is one of the big winners in HPC nowadays; they certainly deserve a bit of silliness.
Denver in the morning.
Dell rented the Denver Hard Rock Cafe for their event. Like most events you can get a ticket by just asking for one at the booth. We picked the Dell and HP events over the others this year simply because the weather was cold (it started snowing this night) and these events were close by.
Lots of cool-looking airplanes here.
The conference has a total of 15000 attendees; even though far from everyone attends the party you still need a large venue to hold so many people. Such as a large aircraft hangar for instance.
The last days it started snowing. I haven't experienced winter weather for years so I really enjoyed it.
I went running, of course. It's a great antidote for jetlag, and a quick way for some sightseeing. Here an amusement park closed for the season.
Snowed-in scooters. The winter weather really got going the day we left. And we were lucky — just a couple days later Denver got completely snowed in with all flights cancelled. Two days earlier and 15000 attendees would have been unable to leave.