Welcome to the Big Easy and the 2010 Beowulf Bash!

This year we will be climbing aboard the Steamboat Natchez for a dockside Bash. We thought about heading out on the Mississippi river just so we could wave to all the losers who show up late, but we decided to keep the big wheel from turning and stay at the dock.

Our esteemed list of sponsors (the important people who pay for this gig) are pleased to provide you with a night of fun, music, and conversation. Come meet many of the Beowulf pioneers that got the big Beowulf cluster wheel turning in HPC. Did we mention we will be providing the usual complement of food and beverages* for all attendees?

As usual, the bash will start out "easy" and it may get a little "rough," at which point we will begin throwing people off the boat (please interpret this literally if it helps).

* For those who get a little nervous about the generic "food and beverage" statement above, there will be beer available.**

** For those who remain nervous about the generic "there will be beer available" statement, there will be adequate beer available for the evening. We understand that last year's "Free as in Beer Beowulf Bash" may have set a rather high expectation level among some of this year's attendees.

Monday, November 15, 2010 • 9:00 - 11:30 P.M.
Steamboat Natchez Rivierboat

Located at Toulouse Street & the River in the French Quarter

The Beowulf Bus will depart from the front of Exhibit Hall C at 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, and 10pm for the Steamboat Natchez, and will depart the dock at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30am to make the show hotel circuit.

"You know, every now and then I think you might like to hear something about The Beowulf Bash being nice and easy, but there's just one thing. You see, we never ever do nothing nice and easy, we always do it nice and rough. So we're gonna take the beginning of this party and do it easy. Then we're gonna do the finish rough."

— Possibly spoken by Tina Turner sometime in the late 1990s***

*** If you are too young to remember Tina Turner singing Proud Mary, then maybe this party is not for you. We recommend you call it a night and go tend your farm on Facebook.