I'm at a conference for students with a prestigious fellowship, in our nation's capital. Yesterday there was a workshop on high-performance computing, which I attended. I really enjoyed it because there was a high-level discussion of the future of HPC architectures and algorithms.
I talked to an old friend (we've known each other for a long time, not that he's old) about his work as a manager, and he said something that made me feel really good about my career plans (I see myself ten years from now more as a manager than a scientist, although I definitely enjoy what I currently do). He said he may not be publishing any papers now, but that there is definitely a lot of intellectual work to do as a leader in the high-performance computing field, synthesizing ideas together and planning for the future of the field. I am attracted more to the intellectual stimulation of computing in the abstract, and less to the down-and-dirty details of implementation (although I do enjoy coding from time to time, when I get the chance).
I'll talk more about HPC architectures and algorithms when I get a chance to really sit down and write something good.