Brings a smile to my face … #BioIT #HPC accelerator

Way way back in the early aughts (2000’s), we had built a set of designs for an accelerator system to speed up things like BLAST, HMMer, and other codes. We were told that no one would buy such things, as the software layer was good enough and people didn’t want black boxes. This was part […]

Another itch scratched

So there you are, with many software RAIDs. You’ve been building and rebuilding them. And somewhere along the line, you lost track of which devices were which. So somehow you didn’t clean up the last build right, and you thought you had a hot spare … until you looked at /proc/mdstat … and said … […]

Another fun bit of debugging

Ok … so here you are doing a code build. Your environment is all set. You have ample space. Lots of CPU, lots of RAM. All packages are up to date. You start your make. You have another window open with dstat running, just to kinda, sorta watch the system, while you are doing other […]

On expectations

This has happened multiple times over the last few months. Just variations on the theme as it were, so I’ll talk about the theme. The day job builds some of the fastest systems for storage and analytics in market. We pride ourselves on being able to make things go very … very fast. If its […]

Raw Unapologetic Firepower: kdb+ from @Kx

While the day job builds (hyperconverged) appliances for big data analytics and storage, our partners build the tools that enable users to work easily with astounding quantities of data, and do so very rapidly, and without a great deal of code. I’ve always been amazed at the raw power in this tool. Think of a […]

Systemd and non-desktop scenarios

So we’ve been using Debian 8 as the basis of our SIOS v2 system. Debian has a number of very strong features that make it a fantastic basis for developing a platform … for one, it doesn’t have significant negative baggage/technical debt associated with poor design decisions early on in the development of the system […]

Talk from #Kxcon2016 on #HPC #Storage for #BigData analytics is up

See here, which was largely about how to architect high performance analytics platforms, and a specific shout out to our Forte NVMe flash unit, which is currently available in volume starting at $1 USD/GB. Some of the more interesting results from our testing: 24GB/s bandwidth largely insensitive to block size. 5+ Million IOPs random IO […]