Indeed, thanks to biology, there is no live Beowulf Bash this year. There is no anything this year. But, in the spirit of doing things late and last minute², we, the Beowulf Bash committee, have decided to hold the !(Beowulf Bash).
We can hear you already: “ugh, not another Zoom thing, I’m tired of watching myself in a sea of tiny little faces.” Well, yes, we are holding yet another Zoom thing (what other options do we have, really?). But wait — ours is special. Of course it is, it’s the Bash version of a Zoom thing. First, the important bits:
Here’s how it will work: we all meet at 5:30pm on Zoom. Settle in, and at approximately 5:40 we’ll randomly drop you into one of our Topic Rooms. Each room will have a moderator and maybe some surprise guests³ to lead the discussion.
After 30 minutes we’ll reconvene, only to shuffle you into yet another room. We’ll do the room dance one more time, so that everyone gets to visit three rooms. If you really, really, really want to visit a specific room, drop a note into the Zoom chat and we’ll accommodate you if we like you.
This is a totally free event, but you must register, or we’ll have no way to send you the Zoom link. We do reserve the right to kick out any malcontents.
Each room will have a topic leader to guide the discussion, answer questions, and argue (see the HPC Argument Room). Everyone’s invited to join the discussion, but lurking and listening is also an option. And, to be clear, rooms are for HPC and community conversations only — no marketing or selling. Remember, we control the mute button.