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New job

Let’s cut to the chase: I am leaving IU and taking the position of “Chief Cat Herder of Cisco Open MPI Efforts” effective 13 March (2 weeks from now). Specifically, I will be responsible for all Open MPI development and coordination at Cisco.

Wwwoooooo hhhooooooo!!

The Open MPI project has been working hard to involve the entire HPC community — to include HPC vendors — in Open MPI over the last 2 years. Bringing Cisco into the group is an excellent technical and strategic move for the project. Since I have been working with the Open MPI core group since it was founded, I feel well-qualified to create a solid integration between the current core group and the vendors who are starting to come on board. It’ll take some work and discussion with all involved parties, but I think it will be fun, I think that the project will be better for it, and I think that the entire HPC community will benefit.

I’ve always known that I would someday leave academia and go to industry. I just never realized that it could happen so fast! Indeed, although I am tremendously excited about my new job at Cisco, I feel sadness and nostalgia at leaving Indiana University because it has been a really great place to work. Here is what I said in my letter of resignation:

It is with mixed feelings that I formally give two weeks notice of leaving my job at Indiana University.

I am excited because I am taking advantage of a great opportunity that was unexpectedly presented to me (I will be accepting a position at Cisco Systems to lead their Open MPI development efforts). I am saddened, however, because Indiana University has been a wonderful job and home to me for the past several years. I have learned so much working with the great people in the Pervasive Technology Labs, the University Information Technology Services, the Computer Science Department, the Open Systems Laboratory, and particularly with my boss, Andrew Lumsdaine, that I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude and thanks. I am truly humbled to have worked alongside people who genuinely cared about the technology, research, and human side of it all – everyone at IU made my job all that much more wonderful.

It has been a pleasure and an honor. A million thank you’s are not enough, so one will have to suffice: thank you for everything.

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