[Beowulf] programming questions here?

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Sun May 6 16:33:44 PDT 2007

At 08:53 AM 5/6/2007, Robert G. Brown wrote:
>There are many programmers on the list.  Indeed, I'd guess that the
>majority of posters are coders as well as admins, cluster engineers,
>researchers.  If you want to see the coders in action, just post a
>question like "Is C or Pascal a better language for writing parallel
>code."  Just be sure to put on a biohazard suit first.

Actually, if you really want to see a lot of traffic, you need to 
post a question like:

"I know that SNOBOL is the best language for parallel programming, 
but because distro X has a lame implementation, am I really stuck 
using the brain-dead constructs of Ada, or would I be better using 
distro Y and APL, and rewriting the compiler for my needs."

{Langauge names changed to avoid stepping on too many landmines}

It's the combination of the absolute assertion of superiority for one 
choice and the denigration of multiple other choices that will really 
bring out the comments.

As you say, fireproof suit required.

James Lux, P.E.
Spacecraft Radio Frequency Subsystems Group
Flight Communications Systems Section
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 161-213
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
tel: (818)354-2075
fax: (818)393-6875 

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