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Siggraph 2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

As you may already know Siggraph 2010 is taking place this year at the LA Convention Center from 25th to 29th  July. I will be there, in fact I’m already, as a member of the Siggraph GraphicsNet team, which deploys and engineers the conference network. That means: running tons of cable through all the conference center!

Hopefully I will have some time to attend a talk or maybe a course. Anyway, if you want to catch me up during the conference just drop me an email.

Happy Siggraph everyone!

New adventure in Cambridge

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Well, after some time without updating the blog I’m giving some life signals. Sorry for the lack of updates but I’ve been super busy moving to Cambridge. Yes, I moved to Cambridge to work for ArtVPS as a software developer. I’m working with real time ray tracing renderers, which is really cool. The people here are great professionals and I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to work with them.  As you could imagine I have no time to do anything aside searching a flat and getting used to listen English the whole day. I left my machine in Madrid, so no tech demos in a couple of months. I have to figure out how the hell I’m going to bring all that (2 monitors, a big case, 7.1 speakers,…..) to Cambridge.

Summer blog break

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I’m going to take a break from updating the blog. I will post again in September. Have a happy summer!

Intel Threading Challenge 2009

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Intel Threading Challenge 2009 is an intel contest where you have to implement a multi-threaded solution for a given set of problems using any tech you want (not necessarily from intel) but taking into account the test machine specs. The problems are spawned every two weeks with 19 days to complete the task. There are two phases with six problems to solve. The score in a phase will be the sum of your three best scored submitted solutions. The solution should include a kind of report and of course the source code. You can find here an example of the report and more information about the rules, prizes, etc… here. The contest is managed, or at least it seems so, by Dr. Clay Breshears. As his bio shows, he is a really experienced engineer. Recently, he published a book on parallel programming “The Art of Concurrency: A Thread Monkey’s Guide to Writing Parallel Applications“, which I’m going to buy after I read “Intel Threading Building Blocks: Outfitting C++ for Multi-core Processor Parallelism“and “The Art of Multiprocessor Programming“. By the way, he made a hell of a fun video about concurrent programming: “A visual guide to key concepts in threaded programming – Common problems and how to solve them

I really don’t have much time but I could enjoy participating in this contest and well, it’s a nice excuse to get my hands on Threading Building Blocks. I’m going to give a try for the next couple of weeks to the first problem (bounded knapsack problem) and I will see if I have fun. Don’t expect any graphics related tests/tech demos in the meantime although I want to show something of the entry development. For the moment, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to show but I will.

Hello World! v2.0

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Six months ago I published my last tech demo and with it, my last blog entry. I would like to say that this break time was something I chose, but I didn’t. I didn’t even know what was happening. Six months later I can say I know it, I’m working on it and I’m very happy with the results I’m getting.

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How to get the graphics job of your dreams

Friday, October 31st, 2008

On May the 30th I gave a talk called “How to get the graphics job of your dreams” (presentation in spanish) to the people of the Graphics,Games and Virtual Reality Master at URJC University in Madrid. Yes, you are right, that was the talk´s name! Thanks to David Miraut for it. I really couldn´t think of any other name that fits as nice as this one within the core idea I tried to transmit: ILLUSION.

CG people are the kind of people that spend every moment they can doing CG. Its a dream, a passion. Simply enough, it drives our lives. It leads you to learn as much as you can, to work hard to get a new demo or not to give it up when hard times come. Most of the people attending to the talk had no professional experience. They were right in the moment when you are trying to break into the industry, just trying to make their dream comes true: get the first graphics job.

However, all that passion needs control, a path to follow that can lead you to your first CG job. That was the content of my talk. I walked every step needed to get a graphics job. Of course this way isnt necessarily the only one. Its based on my experience and the experience of other industry colleagues.

Siggraph Volunteer Programs

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Siggraph is the most important Computer Graphics conference in the world and, luckily enough for us, it is all about volunteering too. If you are serious about Computer Graphics you should apply for a Siggraph Volunteer Program. There are three different programs:

There are three volunteer programs:

  1. Student volunteer (2009)
  2. Ex-Student volunteer (2009)
  3. Conference volunteer (2009)

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Siggraph 2008: Ex-Student Volunteer Program

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

A month after my (first) Siggraph experience, I already have some thoughtful conclusions. The experience has been awesome! I will just give you a brief idea of what it meant to me and what my role was there: I have been an Ex-Student Volunteer working inside GraphicsNet Team. Basically, the GraphicsNet team is in charge of giving network support to the whole conference center. So, we provided service between the conference center network team and Siggraph conference. That included running cables through the whole conference center to connect every venue and every room that required it.

Working with the GraphicsNet guys has been great. They are very talented, they have a lot of experience (a member of the team has been at Siggraph since the 80´s!), they really know how to do their job and, well, I was learning something new every moment. They have been doing this forever, so they have a robust and clear network design. What I had to do was easy, but trust me if I said that it was a huge amount of work! I have never run so much cable in my whole life. But honestly, I didn´t care. I was in heaven! I have seen the entire process of Siggraph, from the very beginning (guys setting up all the furniture), to the end (same guys removing all the furniture).

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Back to black

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Hello everybody! I´m here again. Sorry for the lack of updates, literally I haven´t had time to do it. All right, I know, its what everybody says but… what were you expecting? I´m human! :P

A lot of things have happened to me. I have a new job, since January, as a senior graphics programmer in the health unit of a big company. Mainly, I´m in charge of the in-house graphics engine design and development, aswell as giving assistance in tecnical visualization aspects. All that I can say is that I´m very happy, both for the very talented people I´m working with and for the job itself.

The other thing is that… I have a new car! interesting uh? :P Just kidding, it´s true I have a new car but the real interesting thing is that I´m going to Siggraph 2008 as an ex-student volunteer (XSV). I have been assigned to GraphicsNet, the people who is in charge of all that have to do with the conference network. So, if someone is going to Siggraph this year, let me know and we can talk about it.

One last thing, altough I know there´s very few people that happen to read the blog, make some comments on it or just, drop an e-mail, you are quite helpful to keep me on motivated. Thanks a lot.

Its great to be here again!.

Hello World!

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Welcome to my brand new blog! I have decided to start my first blog, so I can share with everybody my projects. I´m not used to write, so take it into account if you find any weird word/phrase. But first let me make a little introduction of who I am and whats the point of the whole blog thing (you can find this and more in about page).

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