Data size growth

I don’t have any hard numbers on this, but we have been hearing from various sources that data sets and data sizes are doubling every 6 to 9 months just in the Life Sciences market. Still looking for sources for this, but this anecdotal data suggests problems with retention, management, backup, data motion, …

Designing to fail

Every now and then we run into situations where someone just does not wish to succeed with their task or mission. Maybe they don’t like the mission, or the people, or the technology. They appear to be following the scope/plan of the mission, but their actions run counter to the goals that have been set out for them. Their ulterior motive is to set up the thing they were missioned to do to fail.
When I see this, I often comment “systems designed to fail often do.”

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Testing the new deskside JackRabbit

This unit will be (eventually) the replacement for our older central server at our new space (woo-hoo!!!!). Right now, taking to the test track as it were.
Simple machine: 16 GB ram, 4 cores, 7.5 TB of raw storage. In a deskside case. Works well for offices. This configuration would be right about $5900 list. RAID6 with one hot spare would drop it to 6TB for storage. Carving out 2 drives for OS (as I did) would bring it down to 5TB.

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Handling (accidental?) DoSing

We check logs to make sure things are working. Nothing like getting a huge number of failed requests to spoil your day. So some things stick out. Like 1 request per second for 10,000+ seconds from a single site. In this case, in France. Or a bot getting stuck in a calendar. Like the Microsoft bot.
In the case of the former, it happened this morning. The easiest thing to do is simply to firewall them off. You can’t fix someone else’s broken machine or configuration, and I am of the belief that we should treat these things as configuration errors until it is demonstrated they are malicious. However, the response is the same either way.
The other class is annoying.

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HP gobbles up EDS

Looks like the rumored deal closed. HP now has a generally well regarded services team, with deep US government connections. Going to give IBM a run for its money.
The question is whom else will tie up? And how?
EDS isn’t an HPC vendor/provider, but HP is. Which suggests that if there is money to be made in “them thar hills” of HPC (and there is), that EDS may be retooling for this. Which also suggests some of the smaller players with tools and expertise may be next (ulp!).

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a rainy sunday morning … no Sun shine

This post at Storage Soupoffice furniture in Bulgaria eviscerates Sun’s moves in storage, and rips into thumper (x4500, which our JackRabbit competes with). Some of the writing mirrors some discussions I have had recently in terms of what has happened to Sun. Where are they going, what are they doing.

long standing bugs …

Just updated laptop to Ubuntu 8.04. This is a Dell dual core unit, and while the phrase “remove it from my cold dead fingers” comes to mind (yeah, it is pretty good), some things in the new release don’t work well. Ok, well they do work better than before. But some of the “helper” bits are horribly broken. Suppose you want to install Cuda on this laptop (I did). And you want the new model Cuda aware driver (I did). lrm-video will do everything in its power to prevent you from doing this. So … a fast vim session with /sbin/lrm-video solved the problem. Cuda now works.
But other things don’t work well, like flash in a browser. Or Java in a browser. And this gets to the point of this post.

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Ouch … HPC and IT companies quarterly results …

Well, there is an economic slowdown going on, so we shouldn’t be surprised when Intel and Microsoft post slightly lower earnings. Some HPC companies are getting hammered though.
SGI just announced earnings, or more correctly, losses for the quarter. You can read it online at Yahoo finance and others. They lost 14% today. Down into the $7/share region.
ClearSpeed, who I have talked about before, is being hammered. See their graph (also at Yahoo finance)


Clearspeed chart at Yahoo

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