The 12th IEEE Internal Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications was not the first conference I attended. However, it was the first one where I actually presented a paper in the main research track.
The last half year was an interesting departure from my actual PhD research. First, I though the idea of barriers and phasers might be interesting to incorporate into a virtual machine as part of my thesis, but as it turned out, they are much to high-level and are better off implemented in a library. The gain for direct support in a VM is just not proportional to the effort and restrictions which come with that step.