making connections japan

By: Dragonfly  05-Apr-2012

October 4, 2011

Car crushed in Tokyo typhoon

Finlay Thompson

Dragonfly has initiated a project called Cloudy Bayes to develop tools for fast Bayesian statistical analysis using processing on the cloud with applications such as Amazon EC, Windows Azure and Wellington-based firm, Green Button. Bayesian statistical analysis is a key tool in Dragonfly's data analysis toolkit.

The International Conference on Functional Programming and the Commercial Users of Functional Programming conference both focussed on the technical aspects of programming multi-processor machines. Both were held in Tokyo, which continues to experience aftershocks from the magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed parts of Japan's east coast in March. Finlay also struck some bad weather.

“I met a Kiwi friend for dinner one day and although it was warm, there were high winds and pouring rain. When we came out of the restaurant, a tree outside had been blown over, the police were everywhere and peoples' umbrellas were getting ripped to shreds. It just seemed like a good Wellington northerly to me.

“It was also good to meet Dr Kazuhiko Yamamoto from Internet Innovation Japan. He is also a collaborator in Parallel GHC, that is seeking to implement high performance computing algorithms on generic multi-processor machines.”

Travel costs were funded by the Science Promotion Fund of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

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