## Windows server 2008: sounds quite interesting

Componentized, stripped of all garbage^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hthings you don’t need in a server, modularized … Ok, so when can we play with it to see if it takes to our JackRabbits and clusters? We are loading almost all our OSes via diskless/CF, and I would love to do this with WS2k8. That and I want to get … Read moreWindows server 2008: sounds quite interesting

## If this is true, then it is almost a good thing

Read this, this morning on /. . In short Microsoft will implement its own GNU compatible environment. Why is it almost a good thing? Simple. There exists a great environment now, for all of this. Called Cygwin. I had been trying to convince the Microsoft people for a while now, to get behind this effort, … Read moreIf this is true, then it is almost a good thing

## Compact flash booting for SuSE, RHEL, OpenFiler, Ubuntu

Well, we did it. We now have 4 GB CF images to boot our JackRabbit’s from SuSE 10.2 and 10.3, RHEL 4 and 5, OpenFiler 2.2 (2.3 also works), and Ubuntu. This is nice in that it is simple to replicate our installs. Installing SuSE 10.2 is painful (Zenworks … thats all you have to … Read moreCompact flash booting for SuSE, RHEL, OpenFiler, Ubuntu

## multi->many core

For a while now, privately, and publically, I have been suggesting to the good folks at AMD that they ought to build an 8 core chip, literally by gluing two quad Barcelona’s to a die and connecting them with Hypertransport. The point I have been making is that Intel is going to do something like … Read moremulti->many core

## Interesting take on bad CIOs, and some of the things they do …

/. linked to this story on cio.com. I read it, and there are some gems. Things I have seen corporate IT leadership folks do.
While reading it, I was thinking “gee, wouldn’t it be funny if the problem of vendor favoritism showed up?”. That is, when specific vendors are chosen above others, not because of technological reasons, or valid business reasons, but because the CIO or IT leader wants to do business with people they know. We see this in the form of “approved vendor lists”. Which, as a small vendor with a better product than the competitors (better, cheaper, faster), is a high mountain to climb. We have to find and cultivate champions and “risk takers”. People who want to do right by their organization, its mission, and its share/stake holders.

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## Target ubiquity: a business model for accelerators in HPC

I am a strong proponent of APUs, and accelerators in general. It is fairly obvious that the explosion in cores on single sockets results in a bandwidth wall, that we have to work around. The reason for many more cores, and for SSE and other techniques is fundamentally to increase the number of processor cycles available per unit time. SSE attempts to increase the efficiency of these cycles by allowing them to do more work per unit time. Similarly an accelerator is about efficiency … if you can provide more efficient cycles, many more efficient cycles, then you may be able to get a multiplicative effect.
The problem is, how do you package and sell this to users?

## HPC market data from IDC

As reported on HPCWire.
Major features:

• Server portion of the market is $11.6B growing 15.5% CAGR • Over 5 years (2002-2007) the HPC server market has grown 134%, and is projected to reach$15B by 2011

What is interesting is that some of the markets grew in different ways than in the past.

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## They're back!!!

[Queue scary music] Ok, firewall rules turned on again. Hey DoSer … this gets old. We are blocking all mail from .isp.att.net and dnsvr.com. Feel free to do the same. Update: Firewall rules on, DoSer goes buh-bye. Folks, we need to have zero tolerance for this behavior. Bug me offline if you want to see … Read moreThey're back!!!

## There are reports and studies, and there is reality …

I have noticed something recently. Others have noticed it as well.
It is hard to find talent in Linux and OSS technologies. Now before the crowds of gleeful non-OSS companies get on a marketing roll here, and quote me out of context (gee, like that’s never happened), it is worth asking the question “why”.

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## Every now and then you are reminded …

… that people don’t know about your products. Robin at StorageMojo reported on the death of Apple’s Xserve/Xraid unit. He noted … But with the Promise Vtrak arrays, Apple can now quote $1.12 per GB in 26 TB chunks. Pretty good! then asked If anyone else sees a similar config – 30 TB for$1.12 … Read moreEvery now and then you are reminded …