Cool…

Surface computing. I can see uses for this, in HPC and analytics, not to mention tele/remote medicine, science/engineering … Kudos to Microsoft. This should be quite cool.

diskless …

still not behaving with Ubuntu 7.04 or 6.10. In 6.10, at least it gets the nfs-premount scripts, and then tries (and fails, due to a missing colon) the /root directory from the NFS server. Reminds me of the autoinst days of long past. Took a while to figure out how to get Irix booted diskless, … Read morediskless …

Nail, hammer, hit hit hit …

Michael Suess over at the always interesting Thinking Parallel blog wrote a number of interesting pieces recently. I would suggest a trip over there to read some of them. I must thank him at some point for pointing to us as part of his “you are what you read” post. We aren’t on an anti-Microsoft spree, and I am not trying to “kill” them. I am being skeptical about their motives, and noting that there are alternative and simpler explanations for their actions. Unfortunately, Microsoft has managed to offend quite a few practitioners of HPC with their “now its mainstream” marketing message, and their recent faux-paux with patent FUD, claiming that users of Linux were effectively IP thieves.

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Compilers

I like the intel compilers. The generate nice code on intel platforms. The problem is when you use them for your product, you only get good code for intel platforms. The resulting code winds up being slow in many cases on Opterons. Which is not good.

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