Conference: T -2 days and counting

I am here at the Sun HPCC meeting, as they had asked us for a talk on Opteron performance on single and dual core processors for life and chemical science applications. At this talk we gave a peek at our recent HMMer and NCBI BLAST performance among other things. For HMMer, we believe we currently … Read more

Planes, and automobiles (no trains)

Got here… finally. Seattle is largely sold out of hotel rooms, so I had to get rooms near the airport. Only a short drive to the conference. Could be worse. Weather is cool (a.k.a freezing for those from warmer climates) and wet. The car rental person started telling me all about how many times his … Read more

Questions to answer at SC05

So there should be lots of folks at SC05 to answer questions about technology, products, performance, TCO, and most anything else connected with supercomputing you could want to ask. Some questions I want to ask are from the good folks at Microsoft (Bill Gates is giving the opening keynote), what specifically their HPC initiative is … Read more


Much has changed in a year. Last year, a number of companies such as Orion were on the rise and the darlings of the event. Companies such as my former employer SGI had a strong presence, reasonable revenues, and there were thoughts of a possible turn around. Startups that garnered far less attention than they … Read more

Blogging SC05

Please look for us at SC05. I’ll be there with a camera and we have a nice site ready to display photos. Some changes from last year. Orion is not in ascendance. Ammasso is out of the game. The buzz is all around FPGAs (just wait until someone tries to port “hello world” .c to … Read more

Venture capital and high performance computing

Its a very big HPC world. According to IDC and others, its a $7B+/year world, growing at a nice healthy clip, 10-20% CAGR, again, depending upon which market research report you read. Seems like a hot market… right? Well … sort of. The largest growth (>15% CAGR) is in the 10-25k$US region (small computing engines), … Read more