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Just ask Chris Solomon.   There were only three people who attended my SDN Day presentation at Tech Ed 2008 in Las Vegas.  Chris knows this is true because he was one of them. The rest of you snubbed me – boo-hoo, sniff, sniff.

And guess what: if you’re entitled to attend SDN/LAbs day in Palo Alto this coming 5/29 (or can convince Mark to let you attend), you’ll have a second chance to snub me again.

Or, if you decide not to snub me, you’ll have a chance to learn what Chris told me he learned in Las Vegas, despite my well-known gift for obscurity; 

a) why Supply Chain Management data structures and algorithms can be naturally extended to the seemingly unrelated field of bioinformatics;

b) why the NetWeaver stack is actually an appropriate IDE for development of scientific research applications (despite the snobbery of scientific programmers who won’t touch anything to the right of C++.)

Plus – you’ll be in at the beginning of two efforts that WILL eventually succeed:

i) the effort to convince SAP to begin its penetration of the bioinformatics vertical sector (with its desirable clutches of well-heeled customers in pharma and university);

and

ii) the effort to convince SAP to market the NetWeaver stack as a stand-alone IDE without SAP ERP apps/ddic (not just on a subscription basis but as a regular product.)

But, folks – that’s not all !!!

If I can convince SAP to bring Anton Wenzelheumer to Palo Alto for the day, you’ll all have the opportunity to see him tell me how full of baloney I am.

So – don’t miss this second chance to be part of the future, and also the possible chance to see some fireworks of the first order if and when Anton and I square off.

If you’re entitled to attend SDN/Labs Day, then attend!

If you’re not, ask Mark F if you can !

But I’m not holding my breath till I see you – sniff, sniff, boo-hoo.

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    1. David Halitsky
      Hi Somnath –

      Glad to see you here instead of where we usually meet in ABAP General whenever you help me out with a tricky one.

      Also glad you think the session might be interesting – I hope it’s not just the possibility of watching Anton put me in my place that intrigues you.

      Seriously – the only reason why bioinformaticists and Supply Chain IT theoreticians aren’t already collaborating is because the two groups of people don’t normally cross paths, and therefore, it hasn’t yet occurred to anyone that the principles of the two fields are intimately related.

      Well, at least not to “anyone” who’s not a “someone”.

      I mean – it has occurred to “someone” – namely me.  But I’m not a “someone” who’s a “someone”, if you know what I mean.  I don’t play golf and I think I went to the wrong schools.

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  1. Witalij Rudnicki
    “What is the human body if not the most perfect mega-multi-factory ever to exist?” I ask myself the same question with the only difference that I question why it is so imperfect, and why there are still so many things (like illness or brain underutilization) we cannot fix in this natural computer? 🙂

    Hope to see in May in Palo Alto,
    -Vitaliy

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    1. David Halitsky
      Hi Vitaly –

      DNA degrades from its ends – telomeres – and this is what causes a lot of the imperfections we can’t fix (yet.)

      But maybe that’s part of the perfection of the machine – it knows when to retire itself to make room for other machines.

      Imagine the eco problems we’d have if everyone who was ever alive was alive today.

      In any event, I too look forward to meeting you in Las Vegas.  I’ve always thought the HP/SAP thing was a great idea, and you’re lucky to be involved in it.

      Best regards.
      djh

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    1. David Halitsky
      Hi Vitaly –

      Thanks for the link – good to hear from you.  Yeah – “DNA” computing has been around for a while – in fact I gave a talk about five years ago to a group at University of Memphis (Memphis TN, USA – not Memphis Egypt.)

      But the thing is that scientists and mathematicians haven’t yet looked deeply enough at what kinds of computing DNA is “naturally” able to support.

      Because of the chemistry of DNA, any DNA strand (one strand of the helix) can be thought of (in three different waya) a string over a 4-letter “square” alphabet whose letters can be thought of as

      ++  
      +- 

      =+

      Strings over such “square” alphabets have some very very nice properties when it comes to representing certain kinds of “ordered” directed acyclic digraphs (DAGs), particularly the kinds of “oDAGS” that turn up in the derivation trees of regular, linear, and “multiplexed” context-free grammars.

      So it is an interesting question whether the “square alphabet” property of DNA can be put to good use in some practical application.

      Anyway – don’t want to bore you or kill the SDN  Blog server, so I won’t say anymore.

      Best regards
      djh

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      1. Witalij Rudnicki
        Hi David,

        I am not getting bored with this. I just have … no much to add 🙂 My understanding of the topic is at “popular scince” level, or worse.

        Regards,
        -Vitaliy

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