SuperComputing 2000 (SC2000) Conference Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas November 7-9, 2000
The entire Parallel Programming Lab (a dozen people) went for three days to Dallas to present our Gordon Bell paper at SC2000. It was a cool conference; with all the latest, fastest hardware and graphics galore. Our paper didn't actually win the Gordon Bell prize, but the conference was fun.
1107_001 through 015 are pictures from the plane as we flew from Atlanta to Dallas. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 show an odd optical effect-- a small bright spot in the clouds around the plane's shadow. The spot was only a few degrees wide, seemed to vary with height, and had chromatic tinges toward the edges. It was quite humid that day, and the clouds were thick, puffy cumulus. I'm not certain what physical scattering effect this represents, but I intend to find out!
1107_16 shows our incredibly crappy hotel room at the Paramount Hotel in downtown Dallas. You're seeing a huge water damage spot in the ceiling; not shown were the lack of a shower curtain, wet towels wadded up on the bed, or the thick layer of plaster dust all over everything. When we told the front desk that the room was unacceptable, we were given a master key to the fourth floor and told to "stay wherever you prefer." Hmmmm.
1108_1 shows Jay DeSouza and the SC2000 logo.
1108_2 and 3 show the Dallas skyline at night, from the convention center parking lot.
1109_1 through 3 show the Texas Book Repository and grassy knoll where Kennedy was shot; taken standing in Daley plaza. This was only two blocks from our hotel!
1109_4 is the daytime counterpart to 1108_2.
1109_5 through 8 are the enormous showroom floor. 8 shows Puneet Narula playing with an Immersadesk stereo display.
The remaining images show the sunset, as viewed from the plane window facing west just before 6 pm. The day was mostly clear and cold.