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I’ve been in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin for the last couple of weeks getting trained up on the Cray XT4 clustered systems. Now I’ll be flying back to Butte, MT to spend a few days with Roberta and the girls and then I’ll be headed for Oak Ridge National Labs to help Maintain Jaguar for 3 weeks or so. Jaguar is currently the 2nd fastest computer in the world at 101.7 Teraflops.  Kinda neat to think about.

 After Oak Ridge I’ll be headed back to Butte for another visit then off somewhere else. It kind of sucks, but it’s what needs to be done while waiting for the UK work visa to come through.  at least I’ll get to spend some time with Roberta and the girls between each assignment. I’m hoping this doesn’t last too long like this, it get’s tough after a while.

I was thinking I would start off at NERSC, but things changed in the last week  and instead I may be headed there next.  This does give me an opportunity to see Darrin and Yvonne, who still live in Clarksville, TN and I haven’t seen in 5 years or so.

I’ve already given D a shout out and found out that he’s offered me his modded CBR600RR for the Friday track night. 1/8 mile drag racing. Wooo Hooo! Down the track I’ll go! Being only a 1/8 mile I’ll be lucky to tag 100 mph, but I’ll get their quick.  Hard part will be keeping the nose down as I’m grabbin gears. It’ll be interesting to see how the bike handles. Whether it’s like my Yamaha R6 was or not.  He’s replaced the stock pipe, added a power commander, trimmed it up a bit and a few other minor changes. It’s gonna be fun fun fun!

I wonder if Cray would be mad if I broke half my bones before headed for Scotland? Hehe.. Let’s not find out.

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