Southern Man

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Supercomputing Conference Day 4

After a good night's sleep in that deliciously cool hotel room Southern Man spent the morning learning about another set of tools for parallel programming called openMP and a bit about parallel debugging and profiling. Southern Man admits that the latter was a bit over his head but he tries to write code simple enough that it doesn't need profiling.

He slipped out during lunch break, as he usually does, to find geocaches on campus.

One was near this lovely pond.

A campus police officer stopped, curious as to why an "elderly gentleman" was wandering around in one-hundred-ten-degree weather in jacket and tie. Pay him no mind, officer; he's harmless. You know what they say about mad dogs and Southern Men...

Why, yes, they do call it the Duck Pond. Why do you ask?

Feeding the ducks.

In the afternoon we played with Conway's Game of Life which is a good problem to distribute across multiple cores. Southern Man has written that one before and mostly fooled around with Project Euler problems instead and got hung up on a number theory problem for much of the afternoon.

After dinner Southern Man strolled around a bit and geocached some more and then went back for an evening round-table discussion on various tips and tricks on communicating these rather difficult ideas to students.


At Thursday, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you tell the people you have shingles? I'd be pissed if that happened to me.

At Thursday, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said... red dirt at the duck pond? what temp did you say it was? 100 really?

At Friday, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My doctor said that shingles are contagious...the contagious period ends with the blisters getting scabbed and drying up. This process can take up to a month. Older people get it longer than the younger ones. People with the virus around the EYE should see an Ophthalmologist asap. Severe and permanent nerve damage can happen in older patients.

You can get this more than once.


ps Hope you are taking care of yourself. Get Well Soon! Your daughter also.

At Friday, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed in the photos the grass was all brown.
The ducks don't have much water these days, do they? And I saw your high temp was about 114.

Where I live, however, the high is supposed to be in the 70's (it is about 65 right now) and it rained last night.

Yes, I am gloating.
Girl Programmer

At Friday, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

114!!!!! Good Grief! Girl Pro are you right about this?

At Friday, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow dude. you have a contagious virus and you still went to a meeting thingee? not cool man. i have a compromised immune system and am prone to 'get whatever someone carries. your doc is a d/a if he didn't tell you to stay low for a while.


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