SSaaS … huh… what?

On James Cuff’s blog, a nice post about utilization of software. In it he writes: plus all the cool kids now use python and not a lot of perl, perl5mods was pulled in 3,574 times in comparison to 59,438 lots of python… to which I say … Human Voice Clip Female Young Woman Exclamations Oh […]

Seriously enjoying playing with the Julia language

See here. Parallel and distributed computing, not as an afterthought, but reasonably well integrated. Even better would be loops and vector ops which handled parallelism completely transparently … which … they effectively do in some cases. Waiting on static compilers, this language uses LLVM backend. There’s even a hook to generate code for PTX targets. […]

Gaak … this is why we like tiburon

Finishing up building an testing system for Ceph for a customer. Unfortunately, due to another technical issue, we couldn’t simply encode the config in tiburon finishing scripts. The technical issue is the use of the current tiburon master system by another project, and we don’t have another spare system to build a mirror of it […]

GlusterFS and RDMA support

[update] In 3.3.1/3.3.2 —————————————————— This appeared in the 3.3.0 docs. “NOTE: with 3.3.0 release, transport type ‘rdma’ and ‘tcp,rdma’ are not fully supported.” On page 133 of the Admin Guide. We’ve been noting breakage with support since the 3.0.x days. I think there were varying factions within the company that wanted pure tcp, and some […]

9 years and 351 days

[updated to get the count right] Thats how long the day job has been in business. Our 10 year anniversary is 1-August. I started this business 10 years ago, in part to scratch an itch, but really because I believed strongly in the HPC market. I still do, though our view of the market has […]

huge dependency radii, or why I stopped using Catalyst

More than a year ago, we were working on (re)developing some code for UI for our units. Original UI code had been in Catalyst framework, an MVC system for Perl. I like Perl, it makes rapid application development easy, and reasonably painless. CPAN makes avoiding coding things yourself pretty easy. Short side trip. A dependency […]

… and Whamcloud is snarfed up by Intel …

See here On July 13, 2012, Intel Corporation acquired Whamcloud. On behalf of Intel Corporation, I want to take this opportunity to assure you of Intel?s commitment to our current and future customers as well as a seamless transition. The Whamcloud acquisition extends Intel?s software and service portfolio in the high performance computing space in […]

OT: Just brilliant

Been a thunderbird email client since 2004. Dropped Evolution in favor of thunderbird, it just worked, everywhere, the same. Around 2009-2010 time period, Mozilla decided to refocus thunderbird. Pull resources from it. This didn’t work out well, as users protested rather intensely. Looks like they are about to do it again, specifically to start chasing […]

Just configured a new generation storage unit …

4U, 256TB raw, fire breathing monsterously fast unit. Our existing 5U units already leave competitors single units, never mind their storage clusters, deep in the dust, and falling rapidly behind. Next gen isn’t incremental change. Its big. Huge even. Density and performance that boggles my mind, and we’ve set some pretty serious records for performance […]

Presenting the Higgs boson

Reuters has an article on it here. Not my area of work from a while ago, but I had a few friends (postdocs, etc.) working on it (in a theoretical sense). One quit high energy physics to work on the “muck left over after the big bang”. The latter is where the money and jobs […]