DR. JOHN L. GUSTAFSON
Well, okay... Maybe not "FUN", but this stuff sure doesn't
fit anywhere else.
- Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses HTML
- HPCWire interview, January 13, 2005 HTML
- Posters and logos designed by Dr. Gustafson:
The HCCA4 poster for the Fourth
Conference on Hypercubes, Concurrent Computers and Applications held in
Monterey, CA in 1989.
The figure shows an 8-dimensional hypercube architecture,
laid out on a plane with circular arcs for the communication
between the processors (magenta squares). The conference
was held at the height of the fascination with hypercube
computers, and had over 600 attendees.
The DMCC5 logo
for the Fifth Distributed Memory Computing Conference.
The DMCC conference was really the fifth hypercube conference,
but people were starting to realize that hypercubes were
evolving into more general distributed-memory computer systems.
So the graphic for this conference was based on a five-
dimensional hypercube projected onto the plane. A single
(three-dimensional) cube is highlighted in blue, as is a
five-pointed star that happens to occur in the pattern.
The DMCC6 poster
for the Sixth Distributed Memory Computing Conference.
Continuing the hypercube theme for the posters, the graphic for
the sixth conference was a tesseract (four-dimensional cube)
projected into three dimensions isometrically, hovering over
Mount Hood and the city of Portland, Oregon where the conference
was held. This was done with an early version of Adobe Illustrator,
completely without computer help for shading or perspective.
That is, every line was colored and positioned by hand instead of
The CCS logo.
Gustafson was one of the authors of the proposal that
got $25M in funding that launched the Center for
Computational Science consortium. This consortium
included Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ames Laboratory,
and others, and had a focus on computing for materials
science and environmental remediation. Gustafson came
up with this logo for the program, but it never made it
past his then-manager, James Corones. Too much gray scale?
The Pentium Pro Cluster Workshop
John Gustafson and Nan Ripley organized the first workshop for
Linux clusters, held in April 1997 in Des Moines. They invited
the 60 people actively designing clusters, turning away hundreds
of people who had heard of the workshop and were intensely
interested in learning more about how to build their own low-cost
supercomputer out of commodity PCs and public domain software.
The logo is based on a pseudocrystal. True tesselations with
five-way symmetry are impossible, but one can still tile the
plane with shapes like those in the logo. It represents the
freeform communication possible with modern commodity technology,
but mainly it just formed a fun pattern.
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