Monday, January 24, 2011

More Things That Are Not Surprising

Part of my job involves getting more people to use the fancy computer at work.

Specifically, the goal is to get people to use the computer for one very focused part of their work, ideally using one particular application. Not surprising: Researchers with well-funded and well-established research programs do not plan projects that require a particular application on a particular type of computer architecture unless they already have plans to access this sort of resource.

Challenging: Convincing scientists who accept computation as a part of their work but who do not love computers to change the way they do things in order to use the new computer when the other computers that they use are just fine.

Not challenging: Getting "gadget people" from a computing background excited about playing with the new toy.