Sunday, August 31, 2008

About work and other things

One of the advantages, for me, of working in Yahoo! Research is that I get exposed to quite a wide variety of things ... and though I focus on only a few things which interest me, nonetheless it is quite stimulating ! The other obvious advantage is that I get to work with positively brilliant people.

Consider current project - PSOX - on which I have been working on since I joined ... the variety of things I got to opportunity to dabble in is quite diverse ... including some funky stuff with distributed computing - lot of which I learned from collegues - including those who are NOT working in my project :-)

And ofcourse it does help that I get to run jobs which run on 100-200 nodes at a time :-D

The only drawback is that I wish I had more freetime - to watch the tonnes of movies I have bought or the games I have on my comp/xbox360 ... wish I could be better at time management :-P

10 months went by like a breeze - and I am far richer off in terms of knowledge and experience than when I started off ... heres wishing for more !!


Blogger Eliza said...

Wow feels good to read that you are having a great time! I miss the fun :(

10/16/2008 04:47:00 AM  
Blogger Mridul said...

You were definitely part of the fun part of being here ... probably the only person in RE team who had any non-trivial experience with actual y! deployments other than Mani ... wish you were still around for me to learn more.
As we discussed before though - internships are the way to go :-D

I am sure you are having better time now !

10/16/2008 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes may be some more time programming the chess engine.

Daniel Shroff

2/14/2009 12:09:00 AM  

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Waking up from a nightmare ...

After a couple of friends insisted that I try to replace the 'damaged' harddisk, I went ahead, backed everything up, and reinstalled the whole rig.
As part of getting the hard disks (two GB and one 1TB), I saw another "thing" which took my fancy .... AMD Phenom 9750 :-D

Since my mobo was supposed to be compatible with it, I got that one along with the disks and viola - 4 core box now !! (There is a small bit of 'horror' story associated with actually getting it to work which I will conveniently miss out here ;-) ).

Initial test with my chess program (which I have not 'touched' in about a year or more :-( ) shows that a single core is slower than the athlon 6000xp I had (inspite of the higher cache, the clock speed wins out) but you consider all 4 cores, and the fact that the program seems to scale beautifully, it is wonderful to see it in action !

Off on a short vacation home for 4 days ... see you all back soon !


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