I found the article on InsideHPC about Addison’s presentation quite useful. The presentation is available from the link above.
Some points he made, I’d like to take issue with. Specifically, page 9, he notes that Windows HPC is “still coming”. I am not too sure of this. I think it has been a multi-year, almost half decade experiment, that at some point, needs to show that its revenue is greater than the cost of that revenue. The business model for it doesn’t make much sense from a simple vertical for Microsoft. It won’t really ever generate $1B type numbers for Microsoft … if it is around, it is in the noise of their business. Moreover, the cost of winning with it is *huge* for Microsoft. They have to fight against an entrenched competitor with effectively zero actual cost.
Short version, its a Quixotic quest.
I’ve pointed to Ceph before. It is an object storage file system, with lots of very nice features, current and planned. As a cluster file system, it has much going for it. Combined with btrfs, and a few other things, this could be a very exciting development. This is a good thing. Stay tuned for … Read moreCeph client made it in to 2.6.34