An interesting view SGI with some misconceptions

In this post, the author indicates that SGI committed suicide, or at least attempted it twice. Their rationale was that the NT porting bit was the first phase, and that the Itanium choice was the second. Further they posit that there is no value left in the company. I disagree with the first and third […]

A need for (SSE) speed

Simple problem. You have two “vectors” of 32 bit signed integers, and you want to do the vector equivalent of vector_a = max_element_by_element(vector_a, vector_b); Can you do this with SSE2? Viewed 12855 times by 2758 viewers

Update on blog changes

First we have updated WordPress. Took a while but it was worth it. Second we are getting far more spam than usual, so I have disabled pingback/trackback. I am sorry about this, please email me if this causes you problems. Update: We re-enabled pingback/trackback and implemented some anti-spam technology. Lets see if it works. Viewed […]

Our Scalable HMMer paper

Is available if you would like some good reading from IEEE. For those who don’t know, we reworked the p7Viterbi function in the HMMer code, and created a faster version of HMMer in the process. Our measurements put it anywhere from 1.6-2.5x faster than the downloadable binaries from Professor Eddy’s site. Since HMMer is GPLed, […]

looks out the window checking for porcine shapes aloft …

Dell it seems is about to enter the market with some Opteron units. I don’t see any high flying Porcine, and while it is cold today in Michigan, some town here has not frozen over. So what’s going on? Seems like the simple economics of the market are testing the loyalty principal of manufacturers. You […]

Whither SGI

Obviously SGI has existential challenges ahead. This means something quite simple. No cow is sacred. No ego’s can get in the way of doing the right thing by the shareholders. I will be frank. This is about 9 years too late. First, will SGI recover? Possibly, though I am not going to bet on it. […]

Something cluster-like this way comes

It appears that Microsoft is about ready to release CCS. This might be interesting, depending upon what was done, and how it all works. Some things to note. It includes a job scheduler. Built into the OS. This is either a really good thing, or a really bad thing. I can see arguments both ways. […]

… signifying nothing …

I note today that SGI has filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors. Whether or not they emerge from bankruptcy is an open question, and one we will surely learn over the next several months. One could talk about everything that led them to where they are now, and no doubt you will see […]

Interesting NUMA issues in current SuSE kernel

One of our development systems is a dual socket system with 2 dual core Opteron 275 chips. 4 GB ram, nice disk config, and a quadro fx/1400. This is a good machine t work on. I had set it up with SuSE 9.x, and had left it at 9.3 for quite a while. Recently we […]