old_stuff++

Ok … a nice article on HPC startup issues (really IT startup issues) at insidehpc. This is a good article. Makes the point that people are willing to spend on incremental change, and the revolutionary change requires a serious investment from (multiple) big players.

There are other reasons I like this article, but I won’t go into those here.

The point that Christopher makes is spot on. Exactly right. Innovation needs to make things simply drop in and work, with as little pain as possible. Large changes mean smaller adoption.

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2 thoughts on “old_stuff++

  1. Fred Smith (FedEx) used to have a saying along the lines of, “if you want to lead a large crowd, stand in front of a parade.” Google wasn’t the first search engine; on top of that, customers who wanted to switch from Yahoo only need to type-in a different address. Heck, the Mac is BSD-on-Intel; Apple is now mostly an integrator, sort of like a merged Dell and Red Hat that’s focused on middle-to-upper class consumers.

    Most HPC vendors remind me of Segway: amazing technology, but too expensive and usually banned from public spaces for safety reasons. They may have been better off putting those stabilizing gyroscopes on a moped.

  2. Heh… I was thinking about Google and search as an example. Scary 🙂

    Apple is still somewhat of an innovator in design. iPod wasn’t the first mp3 player in hardware. iPhone wasn’t the first PDA gadget with media/touch capability.

    I’ll reserve comment on the other folks for the moment, but the point is correct. Very few vendors own their entire value chain. They focus upon their own value proposition and outsource the rest to the lowest cost providers.

    Nature tends to reward useful evolution, and punish not-so-useful revolution.

    The impact in the HPC market tends to lead to specialized solutions providers, and generalized systems integrators. Sort of like specialization of cells in a complex multicellular organism.

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