ISC13 video

[vacation edition: posted from an undisclosed location somewhere off 9A in Fishkill NY, after leaving a really bad airbnb experience in Scarsdale NY] Here Russell from Scalable Informatics and Rich from InsideHPC (check em out!) talk about STAC M3 benchmarks, siCloud (aka ‘the beast‘), and some of the capability class tests we ran. More later, … Read moreISC13 video

Very fast cloud scale tightly coupled computing and storage

I’ve been hinting at, and alluding to a benchmark we (the day job) ran on a new product for a while. I took a month to rerun these tests, verifying everything. I wanted to make sure that we got this right.
Because these are big numbers.
Then we sat on it for another month.
Give us time to reflect, what will people’s reaction be?
We slowly leaked a few pointers to people. The reaction has been incredible.
Before I provide the link, let me ask you, do you play poker? Poker is a game of asymmetrical information. That which is known, versus that which you suspect of others, or that which you wish to hold close. The cards you will see below, one might assume would be our fastest possible result. I wouldn’t bet on that assumption. In fact, I’d bet against it.

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Contemplating replacing the whole init script for stateless booting

Its probably fair to say that CentOS/RHEL startup mechanism is, well, broken beyond repair for anything but trivial cases. Out of the box, NFS root doesn’t work, and its very … extraordinarily … hard … to make it work. iSCSI and other connection mechanisms don’t work. This has been the case since 6.0. 6.4 continues … Read moreContemplating replacing the whole init script for stateless booting

Crazy travel schedule ahead

Off to Chicago tonight to present at the STAC Summit tomorrow. Then meeting customers on Wednesday, phone calls, and a partner event. Thursday, back to Detroit, then I fly out to NYC to meet customers on Friday. Back Saturday morning for our national karate tournament (and I am very behind in my practice) for our … Read moreCrazy travel schedule ahead

STAC M3 Audited report is now published

See here. Take home message Delivered the fastest response time in the NBBO benchmark compared to all publicly disclosed results to date for all systems (STAC-M3.?1.1T.NBBO.LAT2) Delivered the fastest WRITE results compared to all publicly disclosed results for all systems (STAC-M3.v1.1T.WRITE.LAT2). Among systems using kdb+ 2.8: This system set new records for 5 of the … Read moreSTAC M3 Audited report is now published