She’s dead Jim

It looks like (if the rumor is true) that Solaris will be pushing up the daisies soon. Note: Solaris != SmartOS This has been a long time coming. Combine this with Fujitsu dumping SPARC for headline projects … yeah … its likely over. FWIW: I like SmartOS. The issue for it are drivers. We tried […]

Inventory reduction event at the day job

We’ve got 3x Unison ( and 1x cadence ( system that we need to clear out. The Unison machines are 5-7GB/s each, and the Cadence is 10-20GB/s and 200-600k IOPs (depending upon storage configuration). More info by emailing me. Everything is on a first come, first served basis, feel free to reach out if you’d […]

Watching a low level attack in process

I won’t say where, but it is fascinating watching what is being tried. I won’t divulge details of any sort (asymmetric information works to my advantage here). Viewed 49772 times by 3141 viewers

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 […]

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 13447 times by 1391 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 15772 times by 1484 viewers