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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

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

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

To VC or not to VC

     Almost every quarter I have the same conversation with my corporate attorney. We’ll call him Bob because that’s his name. I say something to the effect of “I think I may need to get outside funding to make product X successful”. Bob then shakes his head and says some variation of “Don’t do … Continue reading

Advice for Job Seekers

I receive a lot of resumes at SRT, especially so in the last several months…typically a few  a week even when I don’t have an active post and about 20 a week when I do.  As a service to those seeking jobs in this economy, in particular those seeking highly technical positions I thought I’d … Continue reading

The Skills Gap in Computational Science

I’ve become a fan of the show Mad Men. What I like most about the series is the faithful depiction of life in the 1960’s, in many ways simpler times especially with respect to technology. The fashions, the styles, the furniture all evoke distant latent memories from my childhood. Thank you Don Draper for teaching … Continue reading

Engineers and Physicists

I was seven when men landed on the moon. My parents woke me up to see it on TV. The Apollo 11 landing and the following moon missions made such an impression on my generation of young nerds that many of us resolved ourselves to careers in the space program. The only question for me … Continue reading