We’re closing in on SC11, the annual HPC love fest that kicks off this year in Seattle on November 12th. The SC (stands for Super Computing) events are different from every other industry gathering. They are part educational symposium, with hundreds of hours of sessions where researchers present their findings and HPC experts hold forth on timely and important topics. There’s also the show floor, where vendors and users (primarily research labs and education orgs) alike show off their latest work. A lot of business happens at these shows. It’s the best opportunity for vendors to talk to their HPC customers and present their latest cutting edge products.