IBM grabs Netezza

IBM is acquiring Netezza for $1.7B USD. This can be an interesting play in massive OLAP and BI. both of which resist calling themselves HPC, but most definitely are. M&A is continuing to heat up folks. The big guys are buying the little guys. [update] … and of course there is weirdness … according to … Read moreIBM grabs Netezza

Great concept from the UK …

We should replicate it here.
From the article.

Outlining a commitment to ???simplify, standardise and automate???, McCluggage said the government would make it easier for open-source suppliers to compete for contracts, making the public sector less reliant on individual suppliers, or locked into proprietary systems.
Singling out desktop productivity software for particular concern, hinting at a possible move towards cloud-based solutions to escape licensing restrictions:

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Every time I upgrade an OS … every single time …

Java and its connection to browsers break. Now normally, I wouldn’t care, as I don’t personally have a very high opinion of the be-all-and-end-all language/system known as java. Its overly verbose, under performing, and doesn’t play well with any operating system. Copy/paste buffers … well, there is a whole huge litany of issues with it, … Read moreEvery time I upgrade an OS … every single time …

The missing middle, a marketing term, but a real problem

If you listen to IDC talk about HPC, they will talk about “the missing middle”, which is basically a marketing term for a market segment that isn’t being well addressed by HPC vendors with clusters.
It is being addressed by some (hint: the day job) in a variety of ways. An article at InsideHPC by Rich Brueckner gave it a good contextual background, in terms of historical trends in HPC tending to favor the lower cost deployments of processing power. After all, to paraphrase Doug Eadline, a cycle is a cycle is a cycle …
What Intel seems to have discovered, is something we’ve been delivering for years, actually in an expanded sense to what they are piloting. Build muscular workstations with identical spec’s to the servers and add graphics/keyboard/mouse, place them on engineers desks, or right near them. Then let them run.
Of course you want to run Linux on these. If you are like me, you run windows … in a window. See below for my desktop snapshot of exactly this case.

Joe's desktop

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On benchmarking in general

I wonder if the reason there are so many bad benchmarks and incorrect conclusions drawn from bad benchmarks comes, to some significant level, from a basic misunderstanding of measurement, how to perform them, and what you are measuring. Several years ago, we watched folks who should know better, insist that 2GB bonnie++ data (the 2GB … Read moreOn benchmarking in general