There are no silver bullets, 2015 edition

In Feb 2013, I opined (with some measure of disgust) that people were looking at various software packages as silver bullets, these magical bits of a stack which could suddenly transform massive steaming piles of bits (big … uh … “data” ?) into golden nuggets of actionable data. Many of the “solutions” marketed these days […]

A wonderful read on metrics, profiling, benchmarking

Brendan Gregg’s writings are always interesting and informative. I just saw a link on hacker news to a presentation he gave on “Broken Performance Tools“. It is wonderful, and succinctly explains many thing I’ve talked about here and elsewhere, but it goes far beyond what I’ve grumbled over. One of my favorite points in there […]

Massive Unapologetic Firepower part 3: Forte

Forte has uncloaked, website is being updated. You can email me ( for more info. Pictures speak louder than words. Have a look. That is 20+ GB/s for streaming sequential IO. Then, 4kB random reads … That is, 5+ Million IOPs. Specs include Price point for this is $50k for 48TB, $1/GB. Pre-order now, shipping […]

Shiny #HPC #storage things at #SC15

Assuming everything goes as planned (HA!) we should have a number of very cool things at SC15. 100Gb Unison storage system with BeeGFS 100Gb Unison Ceph system 100Gb connection to a partner/customer booth Forte 100Gb is awesome. The first time I ran an iperf bidirectional test, saw 20GB/s … it blew me away. 40/56GbE is […]