Ask, and ye shall receive

I asked earlier today where the 10GbE was, noting that NICs were horribly expensive, and switches were bad as well. Well, I just read this which suggests the Mellanox will be sourcing chips to builders for reasonable pricing. Now only if CX-4 weren’t so expensive …

Locality and centrality in massive computing and storage systems

Here we are in the age of the cluster and grid, with distributed shared nothing approaches to processing cycles, and we collectively have this rather ironic fixation on shared file systems. This is amusing as one of the critical arguments for distributed computing is that, in aggregate, N processors provides N times the number of processing cycles that 1 processor can provide, and shared resources are contended for resources (e.g. bottlenecks).

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If your competitor beats you in the marketplace, then FUD, FUD, FUD

What do you do when a competitor encroaches upon your cash cows, starts usurping deals, demonstrates unbeatable TCO, infinitely better acquisition cost, better security and resilience to attacks? You FUD them of course. FUD being the act of creating Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt about them. Say, for example, dangling the possibility of lawsuits against users of the competitors products. Scare your customers, scare their customers.

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