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March 9, 2006

More members to Open MPI!

Open MPI has been formally joined by Voltaire, an Infiniband vendor. Woo hoo!

Sun has announced their intent to join (indeed, we’ve been talking with them for a few months now); we’re just awaiting the legal paperwork to make it all official (we’re extremely careful about intellectual property in this project).

All of Open MPI’s members are listed here. The great part is that each of the members have their own interests and goals and will actively be working on the Open MPI code base to expand it for what they want/need.

The party is getting larger!

March 10, 2006

What do you mean we can't cook the ice cream?

Random quickies:

  • Kathryn learns new words every day. She loves to babble after we put her down to sleep at night for about an hour. Just, you know, talking about the events of the day.
  • Kaitlyn grows more fearless every day. She loves to make her mother jump and yell “wait!”.
  • John S. just left his job at Bloomberg and is starting a shiny new job at RCI on Monday. Woot! (he’s very excited — the “Woot!” is vicarious). So John and I will be starting new jobs on the same day.
  • John T. is coming down for an event at the Corvette museum in KY on Thunder over Louisville weekend and will be stopping by Chez Squyres on his way home. Woot!
  • The munckins have discovered the slide in our subdivision’s park and have fallen in love. They will endlessly cycle laboriously crawling up the ladder and zipping down the slide.
  • Kathryn now says “Kate!” when she sees Kaitlyn.
  • I found out that I’ll have a Windows laptop at Cisco. Bummer.
  • I returned all my IU equipment today, including my faithful Powerbook. So sad. I’ve been using my iMac at home for the time being; it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that I’ll buy a Mac Book Pro in the not-distant future…
  • The munchkins love dogs. Tracy’s doomed. ‘Nuff said.

March 11, 2006

I'm unemployed!

…for the next 1.5 days. :-)

My time at Indiana University has come to a close; so sad. It was a great place to work. Ok, I already covered this part in a previous journal entry.

My [ex-]boss threw a going away party for me last night at the lavish IU Alumni Center. Just about everyone in the lab was able to attend; the food was great, Andy’s son’s jazz band played (and they were really good!), and everyone said nice things about me (at least when they were within earshot). Tracy and the munchkins drove up from Louisville to attend. The munchkins were up waaaay past their bedtimes, but did really well with the music (they kept signing “more” whenever the music stopped), all the unfamiliar people, and the late hour.

Andy gave a nice speech and gave me some lovely parting gifts:

  • A truly hilarious Open MPI cowbell — references to the long-standing lab jokes about the famous Saturday Night Live skit and the Dirty Gringos “More Cowbell” song taken from the same skit
  • An iPod Nano — completely unexpected and totally cool
  • A PTL clock — probably pretty much standard fare, but it’s actually a pretty nice desk clock

I fumbled my way through a “thank you” speech; it didn’t come out nearly as eloquent as I had hoped. I did get to talk to most everyone, which was cool (while chasing the munchkins around, of course).

All in all, it was pretty great. Many thanks, IU!

March 12, 2006

LAM/MPI v7.1.2 released

We [finally] managed to get LAM/MPI v7.1.2 out the door. It includes about 1.5 years worth of bug fixes and updates. The reason it took so long is because we have been spending 99% of our time on Open MPI .

The release announcement is here.

Since I’m heading to Cisco (starting tomorrow), this is my last official action in LAM/MPI. I’ve been working with LAM/MPI for about 8 years: my first commit was 23 Oct, 1998, my last commit was minutes ago, moving my name from the “current” section to the “previous” section in the AUTHORS file:

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Author: jsquyres
Date: 2006-03-12 11:18:28 -0500 (Sun, 12 Mar 2006)
New Revision: 10311

Modified:
   trunk/AUTHORS
Log:
It is now time to say goodbye.


Modified: trunk/AUTHORS
===================================================================
--- trunk/AUTHORS	2006-03-12 16:18:16 UTC (rev 10310)
+++ trunk/AUTHORS	2006-03-12 16:18:28 UTC (rev 10311)
@@ -11,7 +11,6 @@
  Indiana University:
   - Brian Barrett (brbarret)
   - Andrew Lumsdaine (lums)
-  - Jeff Squyres (jsquyres)
   - With special thanks to Josh Hursey and Andrew Friedley.


@@ -19,6 +18,7 @@
 ----------------

  Indiana University:
+  - Jeff Squyres (jsquyres)
   - Anju Kambadur (pkambadu)
   - Vishal Sahay (vsahay)
   - Nihar Sanghvi (nsanghvi)
-------------------------------------------------------------------

So long, and thanks for all the fish…

So long and thanks for all the FORTRAN

Ok, this is too funny not to share. Rich M. just sent me this, moments after I sent my last entry about leaving LAM/MPI:

Did you ever hear about the cake? When Arun and I left Sandia the first summer we were there, Arun discovered you could get cakes printed up at Cosco (you know, with a photo or whatever on it). So he had a SLIDE made up of all the results (e.g., tiny graphs), titled it “So long and thank for all the FORTRAN” and served to the CSRI… It was Arun shining in his typical brilliance. fortunately, he keeps photographic evidence:



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