This website is completed

The website panchul.com used to be my primary personal website, however I decided to put it in conservation mode. It still has useful articles, however I primarily put new updates on two other websites: silicon-russia.com and camellia-sasanqua.com. I am also active on Habrahabr, a Russian technology side, and use Facebook as my everyday diary.

The reason panchul.com is in conservation mode is because I developed this website during a period of my life, 2003-2013, that I would like to keep separate from the time before and time after. Before 2003, I was a founder of a startup company in the area of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) that got acquired by a large company. After 2013, I became concentrated on microprocessor design and verification in MIPS design team, simultaneously traveling abroad to help Russian development in microelectronics. During 2003-2013 I was transitioning between these two states, and while transitioning, I did some very different things, including studying horticulture in a college and working as a part-time magazine writer. So I decided just to leave panchul.com alone and move my new activity to other websites.

Briefly about the sites I am actively using:
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How I traveled Russia and Ukraine this year on the mission from MIPS Technologies and helping Microchip Technology

MIPS is coming to Russia and Ukraine

Russia is a large country with a long history of momentous, scientific accomplishments. Russia launched the first man into space and has produced numerous Nobel Prize winners. In the coming years, Russia is working to direct its population of scientifically-minded citizens into creating innovative chip designs and other functional high-tech products. Money is not the problem. The Russian government and gas and oil companies are pouring billions of dollars into technology projects. Where Russia needs to focus its efforts is on educating a larger pool of young engineers to become proficient with modern EDA tools, IP blocks and design methodologies.

During the last month I visited several major universities in Russia and Ukraine and met with students and professors interested in cooperating with MIPS to teach their students computer architecture, system-on-chip (SoC) design, digital signal processing, microcontrollers, embedded system development, parallel programming, Android, RTOSes and more.


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Camellias for Dwarfs and Elves – an article by Yuri Panchul in American Camellia Yearbook 2011 – Full text

Full text of the article about dwarf camellia I wrote a year ago and mentioned in previous post.
This article was published in American Camellia Yearbook 2011.

Полный текст статьи о карликовых камелиях, которую я написал год назад и про которую я написал в предыдущем посте.

Camellias for dwarfs and elves
Yuri Panchul
American Camellia Yearbook 2011

A big disadvantage of the camellia hobby is the fact that eventually almost every camellia is going to become a large tree. Yes, it is possible to prune camellias severely and even create a camellia bonsai. However such drastic techniques are not only labor intensive – they go against the natural habit of growth for the majority of camellias. Are there any dwarf camellias, suitable for a camellia hobbyist with little available space – let’s say, a balcony in a city? Yes and no. There are several camellias that come close, but their variability is no match for the variability of their large camellia relatives. This situation creates an opportunity for the camellia hybridizers of different ranks, including both professionals and backyard hybridizers.
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Camellias for Dwarfs and Elves – an article by Yuri Panchul in American Camellia Yearbook 2011

I just received a new American Camellia Yearbook 2011 in the mail and it has my article about compact sasanqua cultivars, Camellias for Dwarfs and Elves. The American Camellia Yearbook is the most prestigious periodical about camellias published by the American Camellia Society. I have an issue of every single American Camellia Yearbook since 1946 – all 66 of them. Below I made photo pictures of all pages, relevant to my article.

Я только что получил по почте новый выпуск ежегодника American Camellia Yearbook 2011, в котором напечатали мою статью про компактные культивары камелии сазанки – “Камелии для гномов и эльфов”. American Camellia Yearbook является самым престижным журналом о камелиях, который публикует Американское Общество Камелий. По количеству и качеству статей ему нет равных в мире. У меня есть каждый выпуск American Camellia Yearbook с 1946 года – все 66 книжек. Внизу я сфотографировал все страницы журнала, имеющие отношение к моей статье.

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Sun Camellias – a book published by Southern California Camellia Society

Общество Камелий Южной Калифорнии опубликовало книжку на 50 страниц под названием “Камелии солнца” oб осеннецветущей камелии горной или Camellia sasanqua. Я сам внес вклад в эту книжку – 28 сделанных мною фотографий камелий (преимущественно из моего сада) и небольшой текст о селекционерах камелий с моего сайта www.sazanka.org. Если вы хотите приобрести книжку Общества Камелий, вы можете сделать это на их сайте www.socalcamellias.org в разделе Make a Purchase.

Цитата из текста с моего сайта www.sazanka.org под названием “Сазанка – Цветок Осеннего Солнца”:

“Сазанка” (Sazanka) – японское название цветущего деревца камелии Camellia sasanqua и двух родственных гибридных видов камелий – C. x hiemalis и C. x vernalis. По английски сазанка называется Sasanqua, “Сасанква”. По-японски слово “сазанка” записывается тремя иероглифами 山茶花, которые обозначают “гора”, “чай” и “цветок”, вместе “красивоцветущий горный чай”.

Southern California Camellia Society published a 50-page book called Sun Camellias about Fall-blooming Camellia sasanqua. I contributed to this book 28 photo pictures (mostly from my garden) and a small text about camellia breeders from my website www.sazanka.org. If you are interested in purchasing this book from the Camellia Society, you can do it on their website www.socalcamellias.org in the section Make a Purchase.

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Первый выпуск официального информационного бюллетеня от MIPS для России – пока на английском языке

Господа! Ниже вы видите первый выпуск официального информационного бюллетеня от нашей компании MIPS Technologies для российских пользователей и партнеров MIPS, составленный Мауро Даймотом (Mauro Diamant). У Мауро есть планы строительства MIPS-коммьюнити в России с помощью семинаров и других мероприятий. Если вы хотите получать информационного бюллетень по е-мейлу, напишите Мауро запрос (его е-мейл mauro@mips.com), желательно указывая имя, фамилию, чем вы занимаетесь (студент, инженер, преподаватель, бизнесмен, журналист) и чем интересуетесь (программированием встроенных систем, компьютерной архитектурой, дизайном систем на чипе, Андроидом, микроконтроллерами, партнерством, проектами open source и т.д.)

Я не смог поместить в блоге весь бюллетень as is, поэтому привожу скриншоты е-мейла обращения Мауро, потом скриншоты всего бюллетеня. Кликабельный бюллетень вы можете получить от Мауро или через меня по е-мейлу. Спасибо.

Сначала кусок с приветствием от Мауро:

Дискуссия поста в Живом Журнале

Скриншоты всего бюллетеня:
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Camellia News – журнал общества камелиеводов Австралии

Журнал общества камелиеводов Австралии Camellia News опубликовал сборную солянку из моих текстов и фотографий, которые я иногда выкладываю на http://sazanka.org (Camellia News опубликовал это с моего разрешения, разумеется).

“Camellia News”, the journal of Camellias Australia, had recently published some of my materials about Camellia sasanqua.

Some information about Camellias Australia from their website http://www.camellia.org.au

Camellias Australia Inc. (formerly the Australian Camellia Research Society Inc.) is made up of a confederation of Australian affiliated camellia organisations. All states except Queensland, The Australian Capital and Northern Territories have affiliated camellia bodies. C.A. has an Executive consisting of a National President, Secretary and Treasurer. C.A. does not control any of the affiliate bodies but acts as a umbrella organisation re matters of National Interest, and liaison. C.A. conducts an Annual General Meeting of affiliates which is hosted on a national rotation system. Usually, a National Camellia Show is held in conjunction with the A.G.M.

The website contains many articles on various camellia subjects. Two articles that especially caught my attention:

* The History of Camellias in Australia, written by Ken Tate and presented at the National Camellia congress in 2006

* Optimismisation – a discussion paper presented at the 2010 Australian National Camellia Congress, in Hobart, Tasmania by Andrew Raper – Past President of Camellias Victoria and specialist camellia nurseryman. Due to import restricts on new cultivars coming into Australia, Andrew’s inventive title really means ‘Propagate or Perish’

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MIPS Technologies’ New Processor Provides Fastest Fully-Synthesizable Multicore IP. MIPS32® 1074K™ Core Delivers Nearly 2.5x Performance in Smaller Silicon Footprint versus Intel® Atom™ Processor

Наша компания MIPS Technologies выпустила новый четырехядерный суперскалярный процессор MIPS 1074K. Я в данном проекте отвечаю за моделирование интерфейсов шин и cycle-accurate симулятор. Когда этот четырехядерный змей-горыныч заработал в моих руках на симуляторе, я ощутил самую сильную технологически-related эмоцию за последние 20 лет.

Our company, MIPS Technologies, introduced a new multicore superscalar processor. I contributed to this project in the areas of Bus Interface Models and Cycle-Accurate Processor Model.

MIPS Technologies’ New Processor Provides Fastest Fully-Synthesizable Multicore IP. MIPS32® 1074K™ Core Delivers Nearly 2.5x Performance in Smaller Silicon Footprint versus Intel® Atom™ Processor

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – September 27, 2010 – MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today introduced a new processor that offers industry-leading speed for fully-synthesizable multicore IP. With the MIPS32® 1074KTM Coherent Processing System (CPS), companies can now get the high performance of a custom implementation with an off-the-shelf CPU core. The 1074K CPS is the next step in the evolution of MIPS Technologies’ coherent multiprocessing (CMP) platforms, hitting the top end of MIPS’ performance lineup in a compact area footprint.
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Started to work in a processor design company MIPS Technologies

I started to work as a Staff Engineer in MIPS Technologies, Inc. – a company founded by Stanford President John Hennessy. Since 1980s MIPS was a pioneer in processor design – MIPS processors were used in Silicon Graphics computers, Sony TV sets, video game consoles, photo cameras, laser printers and numerous other devices. I really enjoy my new job – there is a lot of smart people and aesthetically pleasing technology around.

Занялся новой работой в MIPS Technologies Inc. – компании, которую основал президент Стенфордского Университета Джон Хеннеси. Эта компания проектирует процессоры MIPS, которые стоят в телевизорах Sony, в игровых приставках, лазерных принтерах, видеокамерах, раньше стоял в компьютерах Silicon Graphics и т.д. Более того, эта компания еще в 1980-е была пионером во многих технологиях проектирования процессоров, которые только потом вошли в Intel Pentium

My photo picture was published in The Camellia Journal

I contributed some photo pictures to The Camellia Journal, a quarterly publications of the American Camellia Society (ACS). I made those pictures during the March ACS convention in Foster City, California. You can see one of the pictures published in the last issue of the magazine – a picture with the group of ACS attendies. I included both the cover of the magazine and the article about the convention below. You can see my other posts about the convention here:

Part 1. Bob Ehrhart’s Camellia Garden.
Part 2. Gallo Camellia Garden.
Part 3. Group pictures and the first reception.

All pictures are clickable:

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Contributed photo pictures to a new book about camellias published in China

I contributed more than 30 photo pictures to a new book about camellias which was published in China. This book is written by Shen Yinchun 沈荫椿, a Chinese American living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The preface is written by Barbara Tuffy, a recent president of the American Camellia Society. American camellia people usually call Shen Yinchun “Y.C. Shen” or simply “Y.C.”

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John Wang – a camellia hybridizer living in San Francisco Bay Area

On January 25, 2009 I visited a well known camellia hybridizer John Wang, a Chinese American living in San Francisco Bay Area.

25 января 2009 я зашел в гости к известному гибридизатору камелий Джону Вану, китайскому американцу, живущему в Области Сан-Францисского Залива, в городке Оринда.

John Wang places camellias inside the house to hand pollinate them. Room temperature increases the chance of success and no insects can interfere. John does not believe in open pollination of camellias – he chooses parents very carefully because he cannot afford to plant thousands of chance seedlings like for example Nuccio’s Nurseries does:

Когда Джон опыляет камелии, он ставит их внутрь своего дома. Комнатная температура увеличивает шансы на успех опыления. Кроме этого, в комнату не могут залететь пчелы, которые часто приносят нежелательную пыльцу:

John Wang places camellias inside the house to hand pollinate them

This camellia hybrid, created by John Wang, is a seedling of Tama-no-ura:

Этот гибрид, созданный Джоном, является сеянцем известной камелии Тама-но-ура.

A camellia hybrid created by John Wang

Another seedling from John Wang has a rare yellow tint:

Другой сеянец от Джона Вана, с редким для камелий желтым оттенком:

A camellia hybrid, created by John Wang, has a rare yellow tint

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My younger brother Alex just got married to a girl from Texas

On December 26, 2008 my younger brother Alexander Panchul got married to a young texan girl Sarah Kane. I was his Best Man at the wedding that occured in a small city of Floresville, Texas.

26 декабря 2008 года мой младший брат Александр Панчул женился на молодой американке из Техаса Саре Кейн. Они познакомились в клубе любителей бальных танцев. Я был свидетелем на их свадьбе, которая состоялась в маленьком городке Флоресвиль, штат Техас.

Sarah and Alexander Panchul after their wedding, 2008
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Camellia grijsii

Also posted in http://sazanka.org

This month The International Camellia Society put two of my camellia photo pictures to the front page of their website. One is a picture of Camellia japonica ‘Kamo Honnami’ (see their website), and another is a picture of Camellia grijsii, a species related to C. sasanqua:

Camellia grijsii
C. grijsii

Camellia grijsii (长瓣短柱茶 in Chinese) Hance (1879) is a wild species of section Paracamellia. It is related to C. sasanqua, C. oleifera and C. kissii. It was collected in 1861 in Fujian by C.F.M. de Grijs. It is distributed in China (Fujian, Hubei, Sichuan, Guangxi) and used for a high-quality oil production. C. grijsii is closely related to another species – C. yuhsienensis, that is a parent of a popular cultivar ‘Yume’.

I got my two plants of C. grijsii from Nuccio’s Nurseries. The first one (shown above) has single white flowers and the second one is a double-flowered Chinese cultivar called ‘Zhenzhucha’:

Camellia grijsii 'Zhenzhucha'
Camellia grijsii ‘Zhenzhucha’

Camellia grijsii has great hybridizing potential. Two plants in my garden have small leaves with impressed veins and very columnar shape. I believe there are also varieties with larger leaves, but I am specifically interested in small-leaved cultivars.

Another great feature of C. grijsii is its cluster-flowering habit. However in my garden C. grijsii flowers from January to March, so it will be a challenge to cross it with Fall-flowering sasanquas. Probably I will have to store some pollen from sasanquas in refrigerator for a couple of months.

Another problem is chromosome number. According to Kondo and his associates it has a variety of chromosome numbers 2n = 30, 60, 75 and 90 (see the reference in Collected Species of the Genus Camellia, an Illustrated Outline by Gao Jiyin, Clifford R. Parks and Du Yuequiang).
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2008 National Camellia Show at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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I got two awards on 2008 National Camellia Show at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I took part in photography competition.

The first photo picture is of species Camellia puniceiflora from section Paracamellia:

Camellia puniceiflora (粉红短柱茶 in Chinese) Chang 1981. A wild species distributed in China: Zhejiang, Hunan. Small leaves, grows up to 2 m (6 f) high.

The second photo picture is of sasanqua cultivar called Chojiguruma:

Chojiguruma, 丁子車 in Japanese. Means “a wheel of anemone” in Japanese. Introduced in 1789. Originated in Kansai, spread to many places. This anemone form is very rare for C. sasanqua cultivars.

The complete list of all results of the Camellia Photography Show is below:
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Sazanka – the Flower of Autumn Sun

I wrote this text for the website www.sazanka.org, which I created back in 2003 and radically redesigned using WordPress at the end of 2007.

“Sazanka” is a Japanese name of the ornamental shrub Camellia sasanqua and two related hybrid camellia species – C. x hiemalis and C. x vernalis. Non-Japanese people call it “sasanqua”. On our website we call it “The Flower of Autumn Sun”, because sasanqua flowers from September to January and loves sun. Every fall sasanqua gives its lovers a magnificent show of flowers.

We developed this web site for sasanqua lovers, gardeners, breeders and scientists to exchange cultural and botanical information as well as to maintain photo database of sasanqua cultivars.

Camellia sasanqua ‘White Doves’. The Japanese name is ‘Mine-no-yuki’ meaning “Snow on the Ridge”. Introduced in 1898.
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A book from the Japanese Camellia Society ‘The Nomenclature of Japanese Camellias and Sasanquas’

I wrote this book review for http://sazanka.org

'The Nomenclature of Japanese Camellias and Sasanquas'. The Japanese Camellia Society.

“The Nomenclature of Japanese Camellias and Sasanquas” ( 日本ツバキ・サザンカ名鑑 , Nippon Tsubaki ・ Sasanqua Meikan) is another “must have” book for any serious sasanqua lover. This book was published in 1999 by the Japanese Camellia Society ( 日本ツバキ協会編 , Nippon Tsubaki Kyoukai Hen) and Seibundo Shinkosha Co. Ltd. ( 誠文堂 新光社 ). This book is a work of more than 50 people who collected high-quality photo pictures and information on more than 2200 japonica and 200 sasanqua cultivars.
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Happy blooming New Year!

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Today the newspaper San Francisco Chronicle published my photo picture of the Camellia hybrid ‘Yuletide’. The photo appeared in as an illustration to an article written by Demetra Bowles Lathrop. The name of the article is “Happy blooming New Year! Camellias, hellebores, winter hazel can brighten desolate Bay Area gardens” and it appeared in the gardening section.

Сегодня, 10-го января, газета Сан-Франциско Кроникл напечатала мою фотографии камелии ‘Юлетайд’. Фотография иллюстрирует статью журналистки Деми Латроп про растения, цветущие в области Сан-Францисского залива во время Нового Года.

Yuletide. C. x vernalis. Originated by Nuccio’s Nurseries, California in 1963. A seedling of ‘Hiryu’.

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This beauty shows its colors early

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A couple of week ago I got a call from journalist Lili Singer, who needed some information about Camellia sasanqua for her article in Los Angeles Times. Today this article was published. You can see my sasanqua cultivar recommendations in the article.

Пару недель назад мне позвонила журналистка Лили Сингер из газеты Лос-Анжелес Таймс. Лили собирала информацию для своей статьи об осеннецветущем кустарнике Камелии горной (Camellia sasanqua), которую японцы называют “сазанка”. Сегодня, 30-го ноября, статья была напечатана. В ней перечислены рекомендованные мною сорта камелий и приведена ссылка на мой вебсайт http://sazanka.org

Dwarf Shishi. A seedling of ‘Shishigashira’. Originated by Toichi Domoto, California in 1988.

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Камелии по-калифорнийски с итальянским акцентом

Цветоводство, ноябрь-декабрь 2006. Tsvetovodstvo (Ornamental Horticulture), November-December 2006.Российский журнал “Цветоводство” во 6-м номере (ноябрь-декабрь) за 2006 год опубликовал мою статью про питомник камелий семьи Нуччио.

Я также написал статью на английском языке на эту же тему и поместил ее на мой сайт www.sazanka.org.

A leading Russian ornamental horticulture magazine Tsvetovodstvo published in its November-December 2006 issue my article about the famous Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena, California. I also wrote another article in English about Nuccio’s and put it on my website www.sazanka.org (although these two articles are not translations of each other). Here is an excerpt from the article written in English:

Nuccio’s Nurseries is a medium-size family-owned wholesale and retail nursery specializing in growing and hybridizing Camellias and Azaleas. Nuccio’s is well known as one of the richest Camellia nursery in the United States in terms of number of cultivars and species available for sale – more then 600. Nuccio’s family is one of the most recognized sources of Camellia and Azalea introductions worldwide.

A photo picture of Nuccio’s Nurseries, Inc:

Nuccio's Nurseries, Altadena, California, December 19, 2005.

Organic farming – is it a cult or a real technology?

Organic farming is the technology of growing vegetables without using synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The success of organic farming in the United States has happened because many people started to buy expensive “organic” vegetables, reasoning that it is good for their health and the environment. Over the years, organic farming became more then just a technology – government started to give organic farmers certifications and new non-profit organizations like Ecology Action started to promote organic farming with armies of followers all around he globe. But the basic question remains – is the organic farming movement based on sound science? It appears that organic farming is mostly based on people’s misunderstanding of plant physiology, past failures of mainstream agriculture and the desire of organic farmers to maintain their high profit margins.
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I won an award and medal at Dahlia show in San Leandro, California

I won an award and medal at Dahlia show in San Leandro, California, on August 8, 2003. The cultivar is Red Velvet, Waterlily type, 606 WL R TIC 63. The cultivar originator is Tickner, Australia, 1963.

Я получил приз и медаль на выставке георгин в Сан-Леандро, Калифорния, 8-го августа 2003-го года. Культивар называется Красный Вельвет (Red Velvet), нимфейного типа. Культивар выведен Тикнером (Tickner) в Австралии в 1963-м году.