[Beowulf] Intro question

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Thu Dec 4 17:44:37 PST 2008

On Thu, 4 Dec 2008, Prentice Bisbal wrote:

> You clearly haven't heard of David E. Shaw or know what he's up these
> days. Here's the Cliff Notes version:

He has had ads in computer magazines -- at least small ads in the back
-- for years and years.  Usually for physicists and mathematicians.  One
of the few people it looked like it would be interesting to work for,


> He made billions on Wall Street using computer models of the market,
> then started Schrodinger, a leading vendor of computational chemistry
> software (my previous employer used it heavily), where he actually wrote
> some of the code in their products himself.
> A couple of years ago, his company (D.E Shaw REsearch)had large (~1/4
> page) ads in Linux Magazine looking for top Linux HPC admins to
> build/maintain a highly specialized computer that would be the fastest
> computer in the world for biochemistry applications (protein folding,
> etc.). He's very secretive, but the word on the street is that it will
> use custom processors (FPGAs?) specially designed for molecular bio/comp
> chem calculations, and is being built at a site in upstate NY.
> Google him. He's an interesting fellow. Here's a few links to get you
> started:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_E._Shaw
> http://www.deshawresearch.com/
> http://www.deshawresearch.com/chiefscientist.html
> http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/mojo_400/43_shaw.html
> -- 
> Prentice
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