The presenter spent too much time on initial slides containing one, if important, point: that RAM is already cheap and will continue to get cheaper. I think he spent an hour circling this observation. When it came to the presentation proper, he didn't discuss Scala or distributed HPC; there wasn't much of a review or tutorial. Finally, he coded a simple Hello World which nicely distributed over a small computer cluster.
The presenter was competent and fun, but the presentation could be compressed to 15 minutes instead of almost 2 hours. People started working on their own things...
0 · July 13, 2012
At MIT, allow extra time to find the room. Make sure to enter the Stata Center at 32 Vassar Street opposite the sign for 43 Vassar Street. Take the elevator (under a sign saying "Alexander W Dreyfoos Building" to the fourth floor (if you find yourself instead in the Gates Building part of the Stata Center you will need to walk to the other end of the buildling to the Dreyfoos elevators). Turn left out of the elevator and then right, through double doors, straight onto orange carpet, then right.
0 · July 12, 2012