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vnatoli

Entrepreneur;Physicist
vnatoli has written 16 posts for La Camerata

Billion cell calculation

The football field vs. the ping-pong table In a joint press release with IBM today (here), we announced the first billion cell engineering simulation completed entirely on GPUs. The calculation and the results that follow powerfully illustrate i) the capability of GPUs for large scale physical modeling ii) the performance advantages of GPUs over CPUs … Continue reading

ECHELON: The vanguard of next generation technical software

In September 1980, interest rates hovered around 12%, movie audiences were still reeling from the revelation that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, the first personal computers were hitting the market and I was about to enter MIT as a freshman in the Aeronautics/Astronautics department. Computers were pathetically slow and cumbersome beasts in the early 80s. … Continue reading

ECHELON and the NVIDIA P100

Moore’s law performance scaling is back! Continue reading

The Disposition of Equity: Incentive Stock Options Part 1

No advice seemed more reasonable, more universal and at the same time became so profoundly nettlesome as the creation of an employee option plan and its correct apportionment in the company. While equity options in the startup can be a powerful motivator and an invaluable tool for the distribution of value it can also sow … Continue reading

Gettysburg at 150

Sixty miles to the west of where I sit now and exactly 150 years in the past 80,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac marched north through Frederick towards Pennsylvania under the command of General George Meade. The army was rushing through central Maryland on reports that the Confederates under Robert E. Lee … Continue reading

Battle for the PCI slot

A war is shaping up over the lowly PCI slot.  The slot that holds everything from network to audio cards and can trace its origins back to the beginning of the PC age is emerging as the latest battleground for HPC. GPUs and Intel Phi are contending for the privilege to deliver FLOPS to your … Continue reading

Focus

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. ― Steve Jobs Kurt Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron” describes a future where equality of all individuals is enforced by the government. The above average in intelligence wear devices in their ears which blare a loud noise every minute or so to prevent focused … Continue reading

Speed

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”   ― Mario Andretti Speed is the second concept I’m emphasizing this year. Mr. Andretti, no stranger to excess velocity, expresses it well. Market windows close, partners lose interest, competitors catchup, employees lose faith and customers get impatient when progress takes too long. This is … Continue reading

Opportunity

“To every man there comes … that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.” -Winston … Continue reading

The Short Brilliant Life of Evariste Galois

In May of 1831 in a Paris restaurant, a young revolutionary stood among a group of like-minded men and gave a mocking toast to the then French King Louis Philippe. For his brash act the 19 year old was arrested and jailed marking the beginning of a year-long devolution to his tragic death. The scene … Continue reading