Wow …

some time in the last few days we hit 100k views. Well, this is a little misleading, as I installed that plugin about halfway through the life of this blog, and from what I have seen of the logs, the plugin counter is missing ~40% of the views (usually one page referrals). It also ignores … Read moreWow …

Sherlock Holmes moment

Read this at /. I guess it is not surprising that people would attempt to influence market forces to adjust the price they pay for labor. Increase the talent pool, and competition grows, lowering the price. Cool idea. [please note that this is dripping with sarcasm … I am an avowed capitalist and do not … Read moreSherlock Holmes moment

Intel e5405

We are building a new version of a JackRabbit for a customer. During some of our testing, we booted it running SuSE 10.2 diskless, and I ran a GAMESS benchmark. We have been using this for years to exercise machines, and get rough performance comparisons. On 4 CPU Opteron 275’s with 8 GB ram, it takes ~3 hours.
So I ran it recently on an AMD 2350 2.0 GHz quad core and our new JackRabbit. Very similar configurations, same binary, built with the Portland Group compilers a while ago.

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sometimes ya gots to shakes ya head in disbelief

We submitted a bid for a cluster. A large one, and we were being very aggressive on price. Very thin margins, spoke with our suppliers to make sure we got the best deal we could get.
Come the bid open and … we are on the high side. Some of the bids are lower than our cost of materials.
Ok, if everyone is bidding the same thing, how is this possible? A few simple answers.

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New blog worth reading

My friend Doug O’Flaherty has a new blog. I won’t mention Doug’s affliation, as this is not actually part of his online persona … he is not a corporate blogger. My take is that he wanted to talk about what he was seeing, thinkingVariationen von poker regeln. and hearing in sections of the HPC market. … Read moreNew blog worth reading