Build me a big data analysis room

This was the request that showed up on our doorstep. A room. Not a system. But a room. Visions of the Star Trek NG bridge came to mind. Then the old SGI power wall … 7 meters wide by 2 meters high, driven by an awesomely powerful Onyx system (now underpowered compared to a good […]

Running conditioning on 4x Forte #HPC #NVMe #storage units

This is our conditioning pass to get the units to stable state for block allocations. We run a number of fill passes over the units. Each pass takes around 42 minutes for the denser units, 21 minutes for the less dense ones. After a few passes, we hit a nice equilibrium, and performance is more […]

Amazing statistics

In the last year, this has been what this blog has seen for visitors/viewers and page views. 188,654 (unique) visitors 2,572,665 page views I am … humbled … Viewed 12493 times by 1045 viewers

Aquila launches Aquarius

Story is here, at the always excellent InsideHPC site. Scroll the linked page on Aquarius to see some of their tech and their partners … Congrats guys! Great job! Viewed 14887 times by 1173 viewers

New #HPC #storage configs for #bigdata , up to 16PB at 160GB/s

This is an update to Scalable Informatics “portable petabyte” offering. Basically, from 1 to 16PB of usable space, distributed and mirrored metadata, high performance (100Gb) network fabric, we’ve got a very dense, very fast system available now, at a very aggressive price point (starting configs around $0.20/GB). Batteries included … long on features, functionality, performance. […]

An article on Python vs Julia for scripting

For those whom don’t know, Julia is a very powerful new language, which aims to leverage a JIT compilation mechanism to generate very fast numerical/computational code in general from a well thought out language. I’ve argued for a while that it feels like a better Python than Python. Python, for those whom aren’t aware, is […]

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 […]