Day job PR: JRTI and Scalable Informatics Form Strategic Partnership

Will be up on the day job site tomorrow. We are very excited by these developments, and look forward to a productive relationship

JRTI and Scalable Informatics Form Strategic Partnership to Provide High Performance Storage and CPU & GPU Clusters to Organizations Seeking Exceptional Results
Richmond, Virginia (January 18, 2011)-James River Technical, Inc (JRTI), specialists in accelerated and HPC solutions for the higher education, research, government, and commercial market segments, has entered into a reseller agreement with Scalable Informatics (Scalable) to provide Storage and HPC solutions throughout North America.
“Scalable’s portfolio offers our clients outstanding solutions for their storage and computational needs,” said Jeff Fettig, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JRTI. “These solutions are strongly targeted at the data and computationally-intensive workloads that our customers continue to operate and to grow.”
“Scalable Informatics is excited to be working with JRTI,” said Dr. Joseph Landman, CEO of Scalable Informatics. “Our two companies bring significant synergies that customers can leverage to help them meet their objectives – and do so cost-effectively, with best-of-breed performance, scalability, and reliability.”

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This is good news

Univa grabs GridEngine. Specifically: The company will immediately offer superior engineering support for Grid Engine versions already installed and will publish a Univa version of Grid Engine before the end of Q1 2011. Univa will concentrate on improving Grid Engine for technical computing and HPC use cases in addition to promoting the continuity of the … Read moreThis is good news

Call it what it is

Saw this on /.

The open source Lustre high performance computing file system isn’t on the list of forked projects, but it is getting a new, community-driven distro that is trying really hard to say that they’re not officially a fork. ‘Since April of 2010 there has been confusion in the community, and we’ve seen an impact in the business confidence in Lustre,’ Brent Gorda, CEO and president of Whamcloud told ‘The community has been asking for leadership, the commitment of a for-profit entity that they can rely on for support and a path forward for the technology.'”

Paraphrasing Shakespeare, a fork by any other name …
Look … I appreciate that no one wants to call this a fork. Oracle has seemingly abandoned the project and is shopping ownership of the IP around. The choices ahead of the community are find someone to buy the IP, and rally to their leadership, ignore the IP, rename the project and fork it. You could always pretend that the IP isn’t an issue, that no fork is needed, and then have to do some serious rhetorical contortions to explain why your release isn’t a fork.

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Its nice to see people seeing what we've been predicting

I could pat my own back on this … no really, I could. Wouldn’t be hard.
I’ve been talking for a long time about how the HPC market will likely evolve. Hidden within this is how to grow as a business … serving this need.
We’ve been predicting that the cloud HPC model will reduce the number of new clusters deployed. Basically, acquisition costs for running a cluster are large, as well as the lifetime costs. In this era of declining budgets, and budgets under pressure, people are looking to reduce this expenditure. If you can drive your acquisition cost to zero, and simply pay for what you use as a service, then you may be able to reduce your upfront costs, and longer term manage your cost structure.
Moreover, we’ve been noting that we see a muscular desktop as a growth market. These aren’t the typical little Dell or HP desktop boxes. These are beefy units with a great deal of processing power, ram, storage and storage bandwidth. Our machines today can have up to 32 Intel and 48 AMD processor cores, with 288 GB on Intel, and 512 GB on AMD, multiple GPUs and a more than 1GB/s IO channel, right next to your desk in an almost silent chassis.

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OT: Ouch !

Not that cnbc is the bastion of correct/reliable/accurate reporting, but this article definitely hurts. The “American dream” has been to own your own house. We bought ours 13 years ago, with a 30 year mortgage. Refinanced 6 years ago to a 20 year mortgage, with the same payments. We assumed the value of the house … Read moreOT: Ouch !

Worth asking again … does Lustre have a future?

This is going to sound like a strange question to ask. Yes … I know it is a strange question to ask given the events of the past few months.
A long while ago, I postulated that Lustre’s future was (no pun intended) cloudy at best. That Sun/Oracle had an uncertain level of commitment to it, and Larry Ellison is a business man, and doesn’t run a charity … there aren’t any freebees he is likely to fund forever.
Rich at InsideHPC posted what he had heard. In a nutshell

And so it was with some marked astonishment that I received an anonymous tip that Oracle ceased development of Lustre right before the holidays. Not out of a job quite yet, Lustre engineers have reportedly been encouraged to apply for other positions within the company.

Obviously, formal confirmation of a rumor is difficult. However, if you are on the Lustre mail groups, you can’t be missing the fact that quite a few Oracle (formerly Sun) staffers, have, very recently, different email addresses.
So while we won’t likely get formal confirmation, it does appear, at least on the surface, that there is more than a little element of truth to this rumor.
Which immediately begs the question … what is the future of Lustre?
One might think it bright and strong, as we have no less than 3 organizations with vested interest in its future.
Well … er … no. Allow me to take a contrarian view. One I really don’t see shared in public. But I’ve had multiple conversations with various members of the community, and all have very similar reservations as mine.

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I had read it right …

A partner was working with us on an opportunity. At some point in the process, the customer tripped my alarms. This was going well into 2×4 material (e.g. our proposal wasn’t going to be seriously considered). I shared my thoughts with the partner. They wanted to press ahead. Sure enough, we got word of our … Read moreI had read it right …

The bandwidth wall: aka a 19.2 TB write sprint; how fast can your storage do it?

[root@jr5-lab ~]# fio sw.fio
Run status group 0 (all jobs):
  WRITE: io=19,200GB, aggrb=2,323MB/s, minb=2,379MB/s, maxb=2,379MB/s, mint=8463222msec, maxt=8463222msec

Thats 8463.2 seconds to you and me. 2.351 hours. 8.17TB/hour
And we didn’t even fill the unit up.
This is what we mean by a low bandwidth wall. You can conceivably read/write the entire storage in a time comparable to single hours. If your platform can’t handle this (and most can’t), then you have a very high wall erected between you and your data.

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