The Resource. Spring 1999
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS MAJOR SHARED RESOURCE CENTER
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I was prepared to write an article about the HPCMP, the CEWES MSRC, and recent related events. I got started on it this evening and then received a phone call from a friend. I have known this gentleman for more than a decade. He was involved with supercomputers in the early days. He can tell you stories about GE, Honeywell, CDC, Harris, Prime, VAXes, Ncube, TI machines--the gambit. In the 80s and early 90s, he ventured into Cray vector systems and in the mid-90s, into large scalable systems. He has an intuitive feel for what will play in Peoria and a wisdom about high performance computing. He sets his sights high and strives for excellence. He once told me that he played competitive Ping-Pong and that his father played to his weak spots to help him improve his game. He applies this to his daily life, always taking risks to strengthen his game. He is an aggressive player, but he also plays by the rules. He is a fair man. We have attended technical conferences and we have attended funerals. We have worked all night. We have missed airplanes. We have gotten traffic tickets at one oclock in the morning. We have shouted at each other, we have laughed, and we have cried. He informed me tonight that he is leaving the Information Technology Laboratory, the place he transformed from the computer center with less than two dozen employees into a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary laboratory with several hundred employees. I feel sad not only because we are going to miss him but also because I know how hard it is for him to move on. However, I am also happy for him, knowing that the challenges he faces are what he lives for.
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