I’ve made my reservations for Supercomputing 2012, also known as in my household as Nerdfest 2012.

I’m also going to be taking Megan again this year. This will be her second year of attendance. I’m afraid it might turn into something of an annual trip for us. 🙂

A friend of a friend who works for Altair is hooking Meg up with an exhibitor pass for free (Normally $100) to save us a bit. We chatted about getting her the Technical Program pass ($150 for students) but none of the talks really jumped out at her. I don’t blame her. I didn’t get the tech pass either. I don’t find PhD wanna be’s spouting theoretical garbage interesting any more. Which, sadly the tech program has become. It’s pretty useless for people who actually build and maintain the systems, and at a cost of $575 it’s really not worth it. Oh well.

So, we’re flying out on Saturday from Monterey. No driving 85 miles to San Jose, or 110 to Oakland. Nope, 10 miles is all we need to worry about. Woot!! And, it only cost an extra $40 to fly out locally. Save that just on gas by not needing to drive to San Jose and back.

It’s going to be nice seeing some of my friends and co-workers I haven’t seen in ages. Some of whom have scattered to the far reaches of the world. Guy Robinson is in Perth Australia now working on the Square Kilometer Array pathfinder project. Cool project that. John’s in Texas, Christine’s in Mississippi, not sure who’s coming down from Alaska, but can’t wait to see them. Hoping Hank makes it over from DC. It’s going to be a gathering of nerds from all over the place.

Megan and I will be staying just a block or so away from the Convention Center at a place called The Peery Hotel. Looks like an interesting place to stay.