“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.
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. 😉
|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|