With every update, MacOSX becomes harder to build for

Way back in the good old 90s, we had very different versions of various unix systems. SunOS/Solaris, Irix, AIX, HP/UX, this upstart Linux, and some BSD things floating about. Of course, windows NT and others were starting to peek out then, and they had a “POSIX subsystem”. Cross platform builds were generally speaking, a nightmare. … Read moreWith every update, MacOSX becomes harder to build for

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

Working on benchmarking ML frameworks

Nice machine we have here … root@hermes:/data/tests# lspci | egrep -i ‘(AMD|NVidia)’ | grep VGA 3b:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP100GL (rev a1) 88:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Vega 10 XTX [Radeon Vega Frontier Edition] I want to see how tensorflow and many others run on each of the cards. … Read moreWorking on benchmarking ML frameworks

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 ?

I always love these breathless stories of great speed, and how VCs love them …

Though, when I look at the “great speed”, it is often on par with or less than Scalable Informatics sustained years before. From 2013 SC13 show, on the show floor, after blasting through a POC at unheard of speed, and setting long standing records in the STAC-M3 benchmarks … Article in question is in the … Read moreI always love these breathless stories of great speed, and how VCs love them …

pcilist: because sometimes you really, really need to know how your PCIe devices are configured

If you don’t know what I am talking about here, that’s fine. I’ll assume you don’t do hardware, or you call someone else when there is a hardware problem. If you think “well gee, don’t we have lspci? so why do we need this?” then you probably have not really tried to use lspci to … Read morepcilist: because sometimes you really, really need to know how your PCIe devices are configured