Updated boot tech in Scalable OS (SIOS)

This has been an itch we’ve been working on scratching a few different ways, and its very much related to forgoing distro based installers. Ok, first the back story. One of the things that has always annoyed me about installing systems has been the fundamental fragility of the OS drive. It doesn’t matter if its … Read moreUpdated boot tech in Scalable OS (SIOS)

… and the positions are now, finally open …

See the Systems Engineering position here, and the System Build Technician position here. I’ll get these up on the InsideHPC.com site and a few others soon (tomorrow). But they are open now. For the Systems Engineering position, we really need someone in NYC area with a strong financial services background … Doug made me take … Read more… and the positions are now, finally open …

Massive. Unapologetic. Firepower. 24GB/s from siFlash

Oh yes we did. Oh yes. We did. This is the fastest storage box we are aware of, in market. This is so far outside of ram, and outside of OS and RAID level cache … [root@siFlash ~]# fio srt.fio … Run status group 0 (all jobs): READ: io=786432MB, aggrb=23971MB/s, minb=23971MB/s, maxb=23971MB/s, mint=32808msec, maxt=32808msec This … Read moreMassive. Unapologetic. Firepower. 24GB/s from siFlash

We built that: 10 years in business

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I mentioned this on twitter (@sijoe). The day job has been in business for 10 years. We’ve not taken outside investment to date, and we’ve not sold the company yet. We’ve been profitable and growing continuously during our lifetime. The preceding 3 years have seen growth, accelerating hard.
The company was built starting with a conviction that practitioners and users of HPC systems needed better designs, better systems than were being pushed out by traditional vendors in the early 2000’s. As beowulf systems took off, we saw some of the most egregious designs … 4 years ago, I wrote a post decrying some of these issues I had seen. And the points I raised rubbed a number of people the wrong way, as you can see in the comments.
We started the company in part to make sure the high performance side was represented in these cluster systems. We haven’t always been successful in this endeavor.
In the late 90’s, I had been an advocate within SGI for building and selling clusters. I pointed out benchmarks to colleagues whom had insisted that RISC machines would never lose in performance to CISC machines. Its very hard to explain away benchmarks that show otherwise. I had argued, in a very Clayton Christenson manner, that we should should creatively destroy our own products, lest our competitors do this for us.
Which they did.
The clustering effort at SGI was canceled when SGI exited the x86 market for the first time in 2001. I left within weeks of this, as I was convinced at that time, even though it was by no means certain, that Linux clusters would come to dominate HPC (for at least a while). I thought the management (then) at SGI had made a mistake.
My failure at that time was not to wait for a layoff and take a severance package, so I could start this company. That was a mistake. Not a fatal one though.
I had limited tolerance for risk at that moment, and felt I needed a larger company around me.
16 months later, having experienced what I needed to experience at another firm … I decided I needed to start this company, if for no other reason than to prove myself right. I spoke to my wife and we talked about the issues relative to our 1 year old. This was a huge risk.
Monumental.
I was putting out a shingle at the height of a recession.
I was doing this

(a mouse “flipping the bird” to an bird … ) to the recession.
We had our first customer in 15 days.
Our second in 30 days after starting.
Now here we are 3652 days later. Going from a skim over the water at slow speed, to 45 degree attack angle and full throttle about 5 years ago, then 60 degree attack angle and afterburners lighting off, pressing us back hard in our seats just a few years ago … to low earth orbit and warp cores spinning up now.
Yeah, we built that.

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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

Auto industry? What auto industry?

Here in Detroit, we have the big 3 … Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
Well, maybe no longer.
This morning the government passed judgment on this industry, which had been requesting capital to survive, as the credit markets, despite protestations to the contrary from various sources, is still frozen … and they (and all other businesses) need capital (and credit) to survive.
The government has said (basically) … its Chapter 11 (or 7) for you. Their exact words appear to be

The administration’s auto team announced the departure of Mr. Wagoner on Sunday. In a summary of its findings, the task force added that it doesn’t believe Chrysler is viable as a stand-alone company and suggested that the best chance for success for both GM and Chrysler “may well require utilizing the bankruptcy code in a quick and surgical way.”

This will have some interesting impacts here in Michigan.

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HPC in the critical path

Is high performance computing a critical path technology? Is it a technology that you cannot do without? This is a question some potential partners were discussing this evening. Very interesting question. If HPC is not critical, then demand for it should be quite moderate. If it is not critical, then the market would have basically … Read moreHPC in the critical path