Systems that are designed to fail, often do

I’ve been saying this for mumble decades.  What I mean by “designed  to fail” isn’t specifically that someone wants a system to fail.  Rather, by various interactions, wishful thinking, drinking of one’s own kool-aid, a system is placed on an inexorable path to failure.  Without something to divert it in time, failure is the most … Read moreSystems that are designed to fail, often do

Opening keynote @Supercomputing #SC18 : #HPC is an enabling technology …

… Ok, the speaker said far more than that. But one of his central theses is that in this “second” machine revolution, we are enabling data driven decision making, distributed decision and consensus, as well as expanding beyond the confines of specific expertise in a field. The latter I’ve heard described as cross fertilization … … Read moreOpening keynote @Supercomputing #SC18 : #HPC is an enabling technology …

Looking forward to #SC18 next week and a discussion of all things #HPC

I’m attending SC18 next week. It’s been 3 years since I last attended (2015). Then we (@scalableinfo) had a large booth, lots of traffic, and showed off some of the first commercial NVMe high performance storage systems running BeeGFS over 100GbE. I am looking forward to talking with as many people as I can, to … Read moreLooking forward to #SC18 next week and a discussion of all things #HPC

A bug in s3 buckets with no apparent way to request support to deal with it

This is a fun one, I’ve been playing with for the last 5 days or so. I’m helping someone out with backups, and they changed their mind on what they wanted backed up. So I started deleting the backups they didn’t want. One of the machines contained a set of directories for hashdeep which includes … Read moreA bug in s3 buckets with no apparent way to request support to deal with it