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

Oracle finally kills off Solaris and SPARC

This was making the rounds last week. Oracle seems to have a leak in its process, creating labels that trigger event notifications for people, for their packages. Solaris was decimated. More details at the links and at The Layoff. Honestly I had expected them to reach this point. I am guessing that they were contractually … Read moreOracle finally kills off Solaris and SPARC

Cray "acquires" ClusterStor business unit from Seagate

Information at this link. It is being called a “strategic transaction”, though it likely came about vis-a-vis Seagate doing some profound and deep thinking over what business it was in. Seagate has been weathering a storm, and has been working on re-orgs to deal with a declining disk market. They acquired ClusterStor as part of … Read moreCray "acquires" ClusterStor business unit from Seagate

What reduces risk … a great engineering and support team, or a brand name ?

I’ve written about approved vendors and “one throat to choke” concept in the past. The short take from my vantage point as a small, not well known, but highly differentiated builder of high performance storage and computing systems … was that this brand specific focus was going to remove real differentiated solutions from market, while … Read moreWhat reduces risk … a great engineering and support team, or a brand name ?