HPCWire readers choice awards: feel free to write in awesome companies/products!

See their link. They seem to have nicely allowed for write-ins, which makes voting better 🙂
We don’t do much in manufacturing, so there’s little point to this for us.
In HPC for life sciences, Scalable Informatics JackRabbit is in use at a number of sites as a very high performance storage unit. We don’t do much in automotive either.
We do lots in financial services; with our Scalable Informatics JackRabbit being the best in breed performance for spinning rust systems, and from my understanding, causing some of our friends with pure PCIe Flash or SSD to say WTH!
We haven’t done much recently in Oil and Gas, though with Mark Corcoran coming on as sales director, we do intend to change this.
Our friends at the Computational Research Laboratories Ltd, led by good friend and business partner Dr. Vipin Chaudhary, have been doing a great job in rendering for film. Our Scalable Informatics JackRabbit plays very strongly in the pre/post rendering side.

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knobs that work

As mentioned earlier, we’ve had a consistent problem with a few customers who wish to ignore their bills. They’d like to pretend we have no interest in getting paid, so they don’t pay.
This is part of the reason why we’ve stopped acting like a bank. We aren’t very good at it, and its not our core competency. You want credit, go to a bank. You want the fastest (in terms of measured speed, not theoretical guesses) storage you can get, we can help.
For those who’ve had issues paying, as in they didn’t want to pay what they owed, we had a set of simple knobs to turn. One of them is warranty coverage. The other is support.
Curious how quickly tunes change when someone needs help.
One customer had their warranty coverage canceled, and support revoked because they chose not to pay. We’d informed them previously we could not extend them credit due to what our lenders told us. Somehow we managed to squeeze their order in. And they proceeded to stiff us.
Go figure.

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HP's board asks a deep fundamental question, possibly 10 months too late

“Is this the right person for the job”? I pointed out that the direction itself was probably not that well thought out, and the concept … dropping 1/3 of your revenue base, when you are atop the market in terms of installed base and run rate, probably wasn’t an idea that really should have been … Read moreHP's board asks a deep fundamental question, possibly 10 months too late

Semi OT: Solar Ypsi

Sometimes you know what your friends and acquaintances are up to … and sometimes you see them in adverts for Google search
Here’s the advert:

Its semi-OT as the person, Dave Strenski, is also an HPC hand of quite a stretch at Cray, and has been a colleague of mine during our SGI/Cray days. He was one of the reasons I thought Cray had some of simply the best technical people anywhere. An absolute joy to work with.

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Seeing the light … lots of app migration to accelerators (GPUs in particular)

Last week, Gaussian Inc. started publicly talking about its GPU port of its Gaussian code. This is as conservative a development company as you will find. I know many other companies with ports (I won’t violate NDAs, which I’ve signed with a number of folks who post/comment here, and who read these … feel free … Read moreSeeing the light … lots of app migration to accelerators (GPUs in particular)

The business of business

Just got an email from a vendor of workplace notices that reads

Private-sector employers (including labor organizations) whose workplaces fall under the National Labor Relations Act will be required to post the employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted.
The poster will notify employees of their rights under the NLRA such as:
* the right to form a union,
* bargain collectively,
* discuss terms and conditions of employment with coworkers, and
* the right to strike.
Failure to post would be treated as an unfair labor practice.

I won’t use the exact verbiage I think is appropriate for this.

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