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Profile: Bill Nicholls

Your personal background.
Programming since 1961, I cut my teeth on Fortran. I joined Univac in 1964, worked for several companies including CDC, CSC, Memorex and Weyerhaeuser along the way. In 1984 I left Weyco to start writing software for personal computers.

Since then I have been freelance consultant, programmer, wrote for Byte magazine 1986 to 1991, and now write a column for Byte.com named "Advanced Software and Technology" as well as consulting.

As a scientist, I look forward to helping with the climate question.
Your opinions about climateprediction.net
1. Climate is the biggest question and danger in the 21st century, bar none. As a physicist and environmentalist since 1967, I've worried about the long term impact of bad short term decisions in the US, of which there are many that affect climate.

2. I've looked for an opportunity to contribute for some time, and finding climateprediction.net has been the answer.

3. I can host a small cluster of A64 systems to run the prediction model, or set it up to enable remote access by the scientists. If I also host a local data center where data from many models could be collected, scientists could remotely run special tests on that data independent of current resources elsewhere.

If this is of interest, I need to hear from someone who can coordinate this with me.
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