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Feast or Famine

by Addison Snell
for Intersect360 Research (originally published under the Tabor Research name)
Dec 1, 2008

as published in HPCWire

Feast or Famine: A Hungry Analyst's Review of SC08

It happens every year at the Supercomputing Conference and Expo, whether it's seafood in Seattle, pierogies in Pittsburgh, or anchos in Austin. Some days it's a feast, others a famine.

For those of you who, like me, used SC08 as an opportunity to synch up with important contacts, you know the drill. Or rather, you know the two different drills. In drill number one, you eat like a hobbit. After a 7:30 breakfast meeting you have a second breakfast meeting at 8:30. Then it's elevenses with your first lunch, followed by a proper lunch meeting that lasts a full hour. Fill up then, because you won't eat again until the meet-and-greet at 4:30, after which you have back-to-back dinners and at least two catered receptions to attend. You roll back to the hotel, and if you're lucky, you're at the Doubletree, so you can eat a fresh chocolate chip and walnut cookie in bed. (Really, those cookies are very good.)

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