(Nahuel Tori, Argentina far right)
A few days before Christmas…
I got an email announcing the results IBM Master the Mainframe Contest South America 2012. With much anxiety I opened the mail , and I received the pleasant surprise that I was in the first place . I really did not expect it , as it was a competition with many challenging tasks , and a large number of participants from throughout Latin America .
The day of the awards ceremony in the IBM building, I was also surprised to meet some acquaintances : the second place went to a fellow of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires , whom he had invited to the contest and talked to enroll. I also met by another acquaintance , a former co-worker, who studies at NTU. The world is very small, and even more so the Mainframe : you always reconnects with old friends .
The prize for getting first place , was on a trip to the IBM plant in Poughkeepsie , which was great. The plant is huge, like a mini city, with facilities that manufacture integrally all the teams: from the manufacture of circuits and assembly; testing; commissioning; and delivery to customers.
What amazed me about the entire system is using cold water from the Hudson River. Cold water enters through pipes throughout the facility cooling all kinds of equipment and facilities : operation mainframes, servers and Green Data Center. I could see that all buildings had cold water pipes on hand, and under all floating floors had water connections to connect directly to computers. It is noteworthy that this water is completely organic, as it is returned to the river without any alteration or modification, only a few degrees difference in temperature. And it saves a lot of electricity on refrigeration equipment.
The Other Winners
In Poughkeepsie I found the winners from other countries : the top three U.S. and Canada , and the winner of Spain. I noted also the great hospitality and friendliness of all IBM employees that greeted the winners, who devoted two days to teach us and tell us your tasks on the ground, and chat with us about current technology and all the doubts that we had about what they do .
I think it was a very enriching experience both for my career and for my life, since I was able to meet many interesting and important people in the industry and the professions, while sharing their culture and offer some of their own.
Thank you very much for the opportunity , and until we meet again !