banned word lists … maybe we need them in HPC?

Saw this mentioned all over the web …

Quite a few of them are good. I like the “not so much” phrase though … sad to see it in need of banning.

I liked the carbon footprint explanation. What a business model …

“It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!” Ginger Hunt, London, England.

heh …

Ok. What words should we ban in HPC? Back when I was at SGI, we used to make fun of the marketeers with their “breakthrough”. Hence, I nominate “breakthrough”.

These days I hear lots fads of dubious value to users being bandied about as if they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Simple cost benefit analyses can help determine if the value of a feature is worth the price of the feature.

I think “dedup” should be in the list.

I wonder if Multi-core should be as well. Seriously. We spend so much time agonizing over how to program SMPs with multiple memory/IO hierarchies … even though we actually know how to do this. Whats old is new again. Anyone remember those old SGI power challenge machines? Or big AIX boxen? Big SMPs, shared resources, managing resource contention.

Any others?

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4 thoughts on “banned word lists … maybe we need them in HPC?

  1. I nominate several words that should be banned from HPC forever:

    1. Cloud
    2. Virtualization
    (these two previous words should be enterprise only and don’t belong in HPCC – IMHO)
    3. Paradigm (not in the sense of the company but in the sense of new ideas)

    We should consider banning the following words in conjunction with products:

    1. Scalable (no one EVER tests scalability limits or even defines what scalability means)
    2. High-Performance (Duh – I haven’t seen anyone advertise “low performance”)


  2. @Jeff D:

    mmmmm …. petascale …. lets pre-emptively ban ‘exascale’ as well … you know it is coming ….

    @Jeff L

    Heh … The argument for virtual clouds in HPC is mostly a business based model … lower cost of standing up resources. I do think that some virtualization technologies have some modicum of value in HPC. Certainly on the administration side.

    Scalable is just like breakthrough. High Performance has become the new “grid”. Which is another word that should be banned.

    Good words … keep em going…

  3. I think Virtualization has the potential to be useful, but a number of problems have to be solved 🙂 First, the performance issues have to be solved – IO and networking. Second – well, after that, it’s fairly easy 🙂

    Cloud is an over used word (and you know where I work 🙂 ). It’s just like someone trying to trademark or copyright the phrase “Grid”. Silly stuff. Plus the concepts in the cloud are not really HPC oriented. However, there are some HPC apps that could work well in the cloud.

    As for other words that should be banned…

    1. Open (I’m getting tired of Sun’s new “Open Storage” crap. It’s just storage on open-source software. Hell you’ve been doing that for longer than Sun but now Sun has to call it “Open”. Big floating turd that one and my disdain for the phrase has nothing to do with Sun specifically, they just pointed out how crappy the phrase is but using it).

    I’ll have to look around at websites for other words… I know they are there, but I just can’t think of them at the moment. Perhaps if I read some academic papers, I’ll find some 🙂


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