Nuisances

>> Thursday, November 3, 2011

To promote the book and demonstrate dynamic simulation with OpenCL and OpenGL, I've reserved a tiny booth at the Supercomputing 2011 conference in Seattle. Since making the reservation, I've been deluged with e-mails from contractors offering services such as advertising, plumbing, shipping, and lead retrieval. I've ignored them thus far, assuming that the high cost of reserving the booth would cover the services I need.

But as a saleswoman explained to me, this assumption was mistaken. You see, SC11 does not provide any electricity to the booths. So unless you're demonstrating an innovation in abacus design, you need to pay a contractor to rig an outlet for you. As you might imagine, this is not cheap. Now that I've paid for electricity, I'm concerned about the necessities I haven't paid for. Will I have light? Oxygen? Gravity?

In other news, the military announced the results of its solicitation calling for finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation software. They want code capable of running on CPUs and GPUs, and because I'd worked with FDTD in grad school, I submitted a proposal explaining how OpenCL could do the job. I included plenty of kernel code for FDTD, but I didn't win and I wasn't expecting to.

However, I was very interested to find out which small business won the contract. After all, any company working on OpenCL-based electromagnetic simulation is a company I want to know about. But the military didn't give the award to anybody. Bummer.

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