Recycling at scale

This morning I took a quick look back at a website I worked on until a few days ago, wondering if the last article I wrote had been published yet.

NCAR’s Yellowstone still running supercomputing jobs and training students

It is one of my favorite articles, mostly because it took me back about 11 years to when I started that job at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the Computational & Information Systems Lab.

Most of what I wrote or edited between then and last week was documentation for people who used supercomputers, first one named Bluefire, which was replaced by Yellowstone, which was replaced by Cheyenne, which is being replaced by Derecho.

My last article was published on May 5. It is one of a number of not-as-technical pieces I wrote for my former lab’s website. I had some fun with words in that one, and I hope you’ll find it readable even if you’re not into high-performance computing and don’t have a clue about CPUs, Infiniband switches or fiber cables. It’s just a story about recycling, in a rather big way.