Saturday, May 17, 2008

Austin City Litmus

So I'm in Austin! I got here this morning at about 10:30am.

If you didn't know, I'm going to be working in Austin, TX this summer on Project Fortress. Fortress is a programming language designed to be a sort of successor to Fortran, but really it's more like a cool general purpose language that happens to be good for high performance computing applications. I'm going to be doing some optimizations (I think?) to help them get their compiler stuff up and off the ground. I'm working for Sun, and so far even though I haven't started working there yet, they've been extremely nice to me.

I am currently in my new corporate apartment. The downside is, it's not really all that close to downtown, but that's about it. Everything else is really nice. I'm close to where I'll be working. There's a nice kitchen, bedroom, TV and working space, so I really think it's been great of them.

Oh, one more nice thing about the project: Fortress is an open-source project, so presumably I'll actually be able to tell you a lot about what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis (at least, as much as is interesting). Moreover, I'll probably be encouraging you to download tools and other neat things I find out about.

Okay, more when I get to it! Today I'm kind of stuck in my apartment since I don't have my car yet, but tomorrow I'll be visiting some family, and Monday is the first day!


  1. i grew up in austin (and go back frequently enough to know roughly what's still around), so if you need any pointers for things to do, let me know :) it's a pretty excellent place, aside from being so hot in the summer.

  2. Oh cool, yeah thanks for the offer. There are tons of questions I could ask you, so I'll just ask some simple ones: Do you have a favorite book store or record store here?


  3. You're in Austin?!

    We need to hang out. I'll buy you a beer. :)

    My email address is Drop me a line, and let me know when you're available!