Mergers and Acquisitions: Isilon eaten by EMC

Yes, its old news now … announced Tuesday morning, and this is Saturday. Isilon, a maker of scale out NAS units (which hadn’t been spectactularly profitable … they had some issues in the recent past) has growing business in Bio-IT and other areas. They are a player in HPC storage for clusters. EMC hasn’t really […]

A fork in the Lustre road?

I’ve been waiting a while to post this, to see how things develop. Lustre does indeed have a future. The question is, will Oracle cede control over Lustre, or will it be forked by OpenSFS/WhamCloud/Xyratec ? A few short months ago, its future was cloudy at best. Oracle isn’t seemingly interested in HPC, except where […]

On the state of Microsoft’s HPC effort

Reports were in that a Windows based system was able to crack the 1PF barrier, but that the same system running Linux, was faster. Cudos to Microsoft for this … but I have to ask … really … if this statement from Bill Hilf is true: “We’re not trying to beat Linux,” Hilf says. “We’re […]

Semi-OT: When the engine of the economy sputters …

Sort of like Ayn Rand’s excellent Atlas Shrugged, when eventually enough barriers to building companies and forming wealth occur, they will stop trying. See the WSJ article about this. This impacts HPC, as smaller folks with good products, and awesome future products now see enough uncertainty that many are hedging their bets. Which means not […]

SC10 wrap up podcast

I’ve been behind on podcast viewing. Way behind. So today I was Rich Brueckner’s sidekick (queue sidekick music) on the InsideSC10 Recap. Link above takes you to the site, please do click it, as InsideHPC is in part supported by advertising revenue ( is a self funded effort). Video is also on Youtube, and you […]

SC10: the wind down

The conference is winding down. Tuesday was good, Wednesday was wild. Non-stop. I didn’t have a free moment. This was a good show. We got the siCluster-NAS formally launched (for less than $1000/usable TB with scalable bandwidth, we think it is pretty good). We got some nice financial services demos up running on the siCluster-NAS. […]

SC10 day T+1: first full day of conference

Starting this post in the morning. I’d like to see us get some traffic going to the booth #4517 right next to the Ethernet Alliance booth. So how can we generate traffic … sorry no extraordinarily attractive obviously non-geek humans there … well, there’s product interest (we are announcing siCluster-NAS this morning), there’s swag (courtesy […]

SC10 day 0: The beowulf bash, and bacon wrapped servers

Doug says, “hey Joe, lets drive, so we don’t get soaked, and have better control over our leaving time.” Which makes sense. So into the GPS went the name, out came a set of directions, which we followed. The thing about GPSes … well … the data can tell you about where things are, from […]

SC10 day T-0: the gala begins

We are in booth 4517-ish, right by the Ethernet Alliance in the Intel Channel Partner booth. Come by and say hello! We have a nice quick Kdb+ demo, and will be talking about our siCluster-NAS scale out NAS product. Viewed 10748 times by 2187 viewers