RADIO: A Different Kind of High Performance

Those who read my blog posts know I focus on High Performance Computing here at VMware and that I spend a lot of time thinking about things like latency and the performance of compute-intensive technical applications on vSphere. Today I want to talk about a different kind of High Performance.

I just got back from VMware’s internal R&D Innovation Offsite (RADIO) which was held this year in Monterey, California. It was a three-day gathering of about 1300 people from across VMware’s R&D organization and from around the world.

This was my second RADIO event as a VMware employee and I was once again blown away by both the sheer volume and the quality of the technical content at the conference. The Research Program highlighted 60 peer-reviewed papers with 20 research talks and 40 research posters presented over the course of the event. The Product Expo included demos and posters describing ongoing R&D projects from all parts of the company. We had field perspectives. We had BoFs. We had big, technical breakout sessions on important strategic themes. We had executive keynotes. We had Sir Ken Robinson give an external keynote on innovation. And we had a lot of fun. The only thing we missed was sleep, but it was worth it to achieve total immersion in the VMware geekosystem for three days.

As this was an internal, future-oriented, innovation conference I can’t say anything specific about the technical content that was presented. But I can say that the engine room that powers VMware’s product roadmaps and future thinking is running at full steam with an energy level that was completely infectious.

If I sound a bit Rah Rah Rah today, it’s because I’m totally pumped from RADIO 2012!