Disk, SSD, NVMe preparation tools cleaned up and on GitHub

These are a collection of (MIT licensed) tools I’ve been working on for years to automate some of the major functionality one needs when setting up/using new machines with lots of disks/SSD/NVMe. The repo is here: https://github.com/joelandman/disk_test_setup . I will be adding some sas secure erase and formatting tools into this. These tools wrap other […]

Aria2c for the win!

I’ve not heard of aria2c before today. Sort of a super wget as far as I could tell. Does parallel transfers to reduce data motion time, if possible. So I pulled it down, built it. I have some large data sets to move. And a nice storage area for them. Ok. Fire it up to […]

Working on benchmarking ML frameworks

Nice machine we have here … root@hermes:/data/tests# lspci | egrep -i ‘(AMD|NVidia)’ | grep VGA 3b:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP100GL (rev a1) 88:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Vega 10 XTX [Radeon Vega Frontier Edition] I want to see how tensorflow and many others run on each of the cards. […]

Oracle finally kills off Solaris and SPARC

This was making the rounds last week. Oracle seems to have a leak in its process, creating labels that trigger event notifications for people, for their packages. Solaris was decimated. More details at the links and at The Layoff. Honestly I had expected them to reach this point. I am guessing that they were contractually […]

M&A and business things

First up, Tegile was acquired by Western Digital (WDC). This is in part due to WDC’s desire to be a one stop shop vertically integrated supplier for storage parts, systems, etc. This is how all of the storage parts OEMs needed to move, though Seagate failed to execute this correctly, selling off their array business […]

A completed project: mysqldump file to CSV converter

This was part of something else I’d worked on, but it never saw the light of day for a number of (rather silly) reasons. So rather than let these bits go to waste, I created a github repo for posterity. Someone might be able to make effective use of them somewhere. Repo is located here: […]

Finally got to use MCE::* in a project

There are a set of modules in the Perl universe that I’ve been looking for an excuse to use for a while. They are the MCE set of modules, which purportedly enable easy concurrency and parallelism, exploiting many core CPUs, and a number of techniques. Sure enough, I had a task to handle recently that […]

Cray “acquires” ClusterStor business unit from Seagate

Information at this link. It is being called a “strategic transaction”, though it likely came about vis-a-vis Seagate doing some profound and deep thinking over what business it was in. Seagate has been weathering a storm, and has been working on re-orgs to deal with a declining disk market. They acquired ClusterStor as part of […]

More unix command line humor

Waaaay back in grad school in (mumble) late 80s/early 90s (/mumble), I started using Unix in earnest. Back then, my dad shared some funny Unix error messages which were double entendres … often quite entertaining, as the shell was effectively playing the straight man in a comedy duo. Without intentionally doing so (of course). Nowadays, […]