knobs that work

As mentioned earlier, we’ve had a consistent problem with a few customers who wish to ignore their bills. They’d like to pretend we have no interest in getting paid, so they don’t pay. This is part of the reason why we’ve stopped acting like a bank. We aren’t very good at it, and its not […]

On the test track with some new relampago device …

and we hit the throttle … crack it open … lets see what this baby can do Looking at a sustained … well … I dunno … 1.2 million IOPs? Occasional bursts to 2.4M IOPs? At very nearly 10 GB/s? What does fio say? read : io=524416MB, bw=9339.6MB/s, iops=1195.5K, runt= 56150msec and Run status group […]

Semi OT: Solar Ypsi

Sometimes you know what your friends and acquaintances are up to … and sometimes you see them in adverts for Google search … Here’s the advert: Its semi-OT as the person, Dave Strenski, is also an HPC hand of quite a stretch at Cray, and has been a colleague of mine during our SGI/Cray days. […]

Some boot options considered harmful to performance

иконопис(BTW: still in London, then off to Stockholm, then home) A customer just saw this with RHEL 6. Windows performance was higher than Linux performance on the same machine. The customer didn’t understand it, we guessed at first about it, and in the end our initial guess was wrong. But we caught what was wrong, […]

Hitachi Data Systems acquires Bluearc

[disclosure note: this is our space, so we have definite opinions on this] This was liable to be the only possibly path for Bluearc to continue outside of an IPO. The latter would probably not have gone well. They raised their last round of capital a year ago. Reading what I wrote then, it was […]

The business of business

Just got an email from a vendor of workplace notices that reads Private-sector employers (including labor organizations) whose workplaces fall under the National Labor Relations Act will be required to post the employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted. The poster will notify employees of their rights under the NLRA such as: […]