Well, I’ve really done it now. Would you believe I’ve tossed my name into the hat for a job in Europe. Yep. Europe. Edinburgh Scotland to be exact. There’s a project in the works to build a 60 Teraflop computer at the University of Edinburgh, or more precisely the High Performance Computing Center located at the University of Edinburgh.

 The computer will be built by Cray. It’s one of their new massively parallel processor systems called an XT4. I’ve never worked for Cray before, and I’ve never been to Scotland before, but, who could pass up an opportunity to go to Scotland for 4+ years and work on one of the top 10 fastest computers in the world. By the way, Edinburgh has a castle. Yes, a real, honest to god Castle.

I don’t know if I have a snowballs chance in hell of actually getting the job. But, it sure is interesting to think that it’s possible. To think, I’m the guy that went in the Army instead of college because I didn’t have the grades for a scholarship, or the money for it. Instead I’ve taught myself 90% of what I know by sitting in my armchair and reading a book. Now I’m once again in the running to build one of the ten fastest computers in the known world. (Black projects don’t count). I’ve done it once already with Kraken, (9th fastest in the world).  Now I have the chance to do it again.

I’m really hoping this pans out. I love living here in Pacific Grove California. It’s probably the best place I’ve ever lived. I just really miss the challenge of doing the impossible, of getting a bleeding edge computer system up and running. Knowing that we’ve accomplished something that very few other people in the world have done. It’s a really good feeling.

It will be intersting to see what the next few months bring.