HPC Quiz Winners Claim Bragging Rights, Showcase Prizes, Bask in Glory

“In this bright future, you cannot forget your past.”

― Bob Marley

At Cycle Computing we firmly believe we’re looking directly at the future, as it races towards [all of] us head on. It was with that realization, and an inspiration from many famous quotes that advice us to remember, and learn from the past in preparation for the future that we have been taking a good hard look at history. I especially like this Bob Marley quote: “In this bright future, you cannot forget your past.” It’s in this spirit that we decided to take a good look at the past of the world of high performance computing (HPC), and published A Celebration of Supercomputing History article and timeline poster in November 2013. The piece looked back over decades of innovation, and milestones in the industry that will always claim to own the fastest computers in the world at any given point in time.

Bragging rights winner - loannis Papadopoulos showing off his prestigious US Landmark Lego set.

Bragging rights winner – loannis Papadopoulos showing off his prestigious US Landmark Lego set.

The poster was well received, and in fact, has inspired another poster celebrating the History of Genome Sequencing – of which we’ll be unveiling at BioIT World April 29.

As part of the HPC History poster, we put together a fun quiz based on historical facts and trivia. We had a lot of fun creating the quiz, and even more fun viewing the results. Before we can move on to our next project and celebrate more historical technology innovation and scientific breakthroughs, we need to recognize people who know the roots and history of HPC better than anyone.

With that we’re happy to announce the winners! Some even shared with us pics of themselves with their super-awesome prizes they received for demonstrating their supercomputing  knowledge. Since Universal Bragging Rights could only be awarded to The One, we included a variety of fun and mostly silly prizes to those who scored highest – these included advanced Lego sets, a Star Wars TaunTaun Sleeping Bag, and even a Lord of the Rings ‘Collector’ Pez Set. You can read more about these prizes in this previous blog post HPC History Quiz Still Seeks Perfect Score. 

When you bump into these individuals, in person – or online – please give them the recognition they deserve. 😉

Sharan Kalwani proudly showing off his Lord of the Rings Pez Set @skalwani - “I have enough data, to have an opinion” ©

Sharan Kalwani
proudly showing off his Lord of the Rings Pez Set
@skalwani – “I have enough data, to have an opinion” ©

 

FIRST (100%) loannis Papadopoulos, Parasol
SECOND Brett Berlin, George Mason University
THIRD John Gustafson, Ceranovo
HONORABLE MENTION – Dr. Jeffrey Layton, Intel
HONORABLE MENTION – Lawrence Stewart, Serissa Research
HONORABLE MENTION – Paul Prince, Mangstor
HONORABLE MENTION – Sam West, SGI
HONORABLE MENTION – Sharan Kalwani, FermiLab
Sam West: "... would a custom-built trophy case look better at home, or in the office ...?"

Sam West: “… would a custom-built trophy case look better at home, or in the office …?”

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Layton: "No one will believe I won this!"

Dr. Jeffrey Layton: “No one will believe I won this!”

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