Several years ago, before clouds were all the rage, we were working with a large customer discussing an “on-demand” HPC computing service. This service predated Amazon’s setup, and was more in line with what Sabalcore, CRL and others are doing.
I remember distinctly from my conversations with the customer that they had particular desires. Specifically, they wanted to run on always the latest/greatest/fastest possible hardware, and not pay any more for this. A new CPU from Intel or AMD available? Sure, we had to have it fast, in our systems, for them to run on. And it couldn’t cost more than the existing systems.
Fast forward to today. A customer leveraging our small internal cluster isn’t happy with some of the CPU performance. Again, I have a sense that their expectation, and frankly, most customers expectations, are that they will get the latest and greatest for real cheap, as soon as it is available.
Moreover, they (current customer) were having issues with the queuing system. Smaller runs ran fine, but the bigger run had issues. Its obviously an environment interaction between their code and the scheduler. One that is resolvable.
Just finished an analysis of last years results. We are a private company, so we don’t release financial info (apart from potential investors and those looking to take a stake in the company). We hit 11.7% growth in revenue for the year, and hit a company all time high revenue. This is despite a rather … Read more2010: Day job's best year on record, ever