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If you've read Kathy's blog and Show Notes for Parallel Programming Talk #130, then you know the sad news. This was the last show we'll be doing. Kathy and I are moving on to different duties within Intel. Ironically, over the last three months I've had quite a few people tell me that they had just found the show and were enjoying the episodes that they had seen. Luckily for them, there will always be this and the previous 129 episodes available for online viewing.

I want to thank Kathy Farrel for all her hard work in organizing and taking the lead on the last 40 shows. She had some fresh ideas during our collaboration and I enjoyed working with her. Kathy was taking on the role of Parallel Programming Community Manager and it seemed like she was asking me at least one question every day about the subject.  She started out a bit camera shy and tongue-tied. But she made steady improvement, started to explore parallel programming topics on her own, and soon got comfortable with the hosting duties. I am impressed with her drive and tenacity. She will do more great things in her new role.

Aaron Tersteeg deserves a big "Thank You" for developing Parallel Programming Talk back in 2008, first on blogtalkradio and then as an Intel Software Network web video show. When he first approached me about participating, he described it as "Car Talk" but focused around parallel programming topics. We tried to keep things both informal and informative. I was relegated to Aaron's monitor when we started the video shows (as he is in Oregon and I am in Illinois), which led to some light-hearted moments, some accidents, and some experimentation as we played with this restriction.

(My favorite anecdote from the early video days was when Aaron ran into a fan of the show at a Portland Trailblazers game. The fan knew he looked familiar and then asked if he was Clay Breshears.)

The production crew will always have my undying respect and appreciation. Jerry Makare and Josh Bancroft ushered the video era into existence and have always driven the technology and production values to deliver a higher quality product. They were always up for a challenge and conquered many of them during the show's run. I also appreciate all the work that the video production interns--Chris Davis and Anthony Lopez--did for the show. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes moving, setting up, and tearing down equipment, they did some of the editing chores, and they were always great fun during those rare times I was in town for a live shoot.

And finally, I want to thank the fans and casual viewers of the show. Thank you for all your support, questions, and comments. Without you we would have shut down soon after we started. During my tenure as co-host of Parallel Programming Talk, I got to meet some of the superstars of the field, got to hear more about cool parallel languages and approaches to parallel programming, and got to see some cool tools that are useful in making parallel programming, debugging and tuning much easier. I hope that you enjoyed hearing from the experts and finding out about new technology at least half as much as I did.

Keep writing parallel code and be good to each other.
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