Brings a smile to my face … #BioIT #HPC accelerator

Way way back in the early aughts (2000’s), we had built a set of designs for an accelerator system to speed up things like BLAST, HMMer, and other codes. We were told that no one would buy such things, as the software layer was good enough and people didn’t want black boxes. This was part … Read moreBrings a smile to my face … #BioIT #HPC accelerator

Another article about the supply crisis hitting #SSD, #flash, #NVMe, #HPC #storage in general

I’ve been trying to help Scalable Informatics customers understand these market realities for a while. Unfortunately, to my discredit, I’ve not been very successful at doing so … and many groups seem to assume supply is plentiful and cheap across all storage modalities. Not true. And not likely true for at least the rest of … Read moreAnother article about the supply crisis hitting #SSD, #flash, #NVMe, #HPC #storage in general

Architecture matters, and yes Virginia, there are no silver bullets for performance

Time and time again, the day job had been asked to discuss how the solutions are differentiated. Time and time again, we showed benchmarks on real workloads that show significant performance deltas. Not 2 or 3 sigma measurements. More often than not, 2x -> 10x better. Yet … yet … we were asked, again and … Read moreArchitecture matters, and yes Virginia, there are no silver bullets for performance

Raw Unapologetic Firepower: kdb+ from @Kx

While the day job builds (hyperconverged) appliances for big data analytics and storage, our partners build the tools that enable users to work easily with astounding quantities of data, and do so very rapidly, and without a great deal of code. I’ve always been amazed at the raw power in this tool. Think of a … Read moreRaw Unapologetic Firepower: kdb+ from @Kx

Systemd and non-desktop scenarios

So we’ve been using Debian 8 as the basis of our SIOS v2 system. Debian has a number of very strong features that make it a fantastic basis for developing a platform … for one, it doesn’t have significant negative baggage/technical debt associated with poor design decisions early on in the development of the system … Read moreSystemd and non-desktop scenarios

Talk from #Kxcon2016 on #HPC #Storage for #BigData analytics is up

See here, which was largely about how to architect high performance analytics platforms, and a specific shout out to our Forte NVMe flash unit, which is currently available in volume starting at $1 USD/GB. Some of the more interesting results from our testing: 24GB/s bandwidth largely insensitive to block size. 5+ Million IOPs random IO … Read moreTalk from #Kxcon2016 on #HPC #Storage for #BigData analytics is up