October 4, 2011
Car crushed in Tokyo typhoon
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.