hpc and scientific computing
THEN: - before Puget -
I have a 20+ year history with scientific and high performance computing that was nurtured by my educational background i.e BA Mathematics/Chemistry and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. My research in Matrix Calculus applied to quantum chemistry was computationally demanding and evolved at the time of the PC "revolution" and the birth of Linux. My first computer codes were run on early Cray supercomputers and various Unix workstations but when Linux and "commodity" PC hardware came on the scene I was soon involved with building "Beowulf clusters" and parallel computing. I went on to work with a small start-up company Parallel Quantum Solutions building and configuring small specialty Linux clusters designed for computational chemistry and later went on to provide custom GPU accelerated systems as a consultant.
NOW: - here at Puget -
I knew of Puget System years ago from when they had done their first oil-immersion "fish tank" computer. I thought to myself, "OK those guys are all right!" ... So years later after moving to Seattle and running into Jon Bach at Super Computing 2011 I started thinking I should talk to those guys and see if they want to venture into the HPC and scientific workstations ... they did ... and I was really impressed with the overall quality at Puget Systems, so, ... here I am!
MY FIRST COMPUTER:
That would be an HP35 calculator in the early 1970's. Programmed "lunar lander" on that thing and was hooked. The first "real" computer that I really was ecstatic about was one of Steve Jobs finest creations, a NeXT Cube that I used while in grad school. That thing was wonderful! and way ahead of it's time.
MY DREAM COMPUTER:
That's easy ... an exa-FLOPS supercomputer that programs itself by reading my mind! (ahh, better add auto error correction too) I also wouldn't mind having a "tablet" computer the size of a real "yellow pad" tablet with high resolution pen/stylus input. It would be nice to have a hand-held touchscreen tablet that you could read and annotate a full-size two column PDF file on ... or be able to write musical scores with a pen and preview/perform the score as you wrote it, yes, that's what I want. Now someone please make it.
emacs and fortran ... really ...or maybe not... though, emacs org-mode is awesome and I want to try co-arrays on the Xeon Phi
LIFE: - outside Puget's walls -
I was a musician before I ever thought about science or computers and I still play guitar whenever I get a chance and I can still convince my wonderful wife that I really do need a new guitar every year. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places on earth so any opportunity to get out hiking or cycling is always cherished.