The worlds fastest hyper-converged appliance is faster and more affordable than ever

This is a very exciting hyper-converged system, representing our next generation of time series, and big data analytical systems. Tremendous internal bandwidths coupled with massive internal parallelism, and minimal latency design on networks. This unit has been designed to focus upon delivering the maximal performance possible in an as minimal footprint … both rack based … Read more

love/hate relationship with new hardware

One of the dangers of dealing with newer hardware is often that, it doesn’t work so well. Or the drivers get hosed in mysterious ways. We’ve got some nice shiny new 10GbE cards for a set of Unison systems going into a customer next week. We had some very odd issues with other 10GbE cards, … Read more

When the revolution hits in force …

Our machines will be there, helping power the genomics pipelines to tremendous performance. Performance is an enabling feature. Without it you cannot even begin to hope to perform massive scale analytics. With it, you can dream impossible dreams. This article came out talking about a massive performance analytics pipeline at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. … Read more

Finally, a desktop Linux that just works

I’ve been a user of Linux on the desktop, as my primary desktop, for the last 16 years. In that time, I’ve had laptops with Windows flavors (95, XP, 2000, 7), a MacOSX desktop. Before that, my first laptop I had bought (while working on my thesis) was a triple boot job, with DOS, Windows … Read more

stateless booting

A problem I’ve been working on dealing with for a while has been the sad … well … no … terrible state of programmatically configured Linux systems, where the state is determined from a central (set of) source(s) via configuration databases, and NOT by local stateful configuration files. Madness lies in wait for those choosing the latter strategy, especially if you need to make changes.
All sorts of variations on the themes have been used over the last decade or so, with this. Often programmatic things like Chef or puppet, are there to do a push of configuration to a system. This of course breaks terribly with new systems, and the corner cases they bring up.
Other approaches have been to mandate one particular OS and OS version, combined with a standard hardware configuration. Given how hardware is built by large vendors, that word “standard” is … interesting … to say the least.

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Coraid may be going down

According to The Register. No real differentiation (AoE isn’t that good, and the Seagate/Hitachi network drives are going to completely obviate the need for such things). We once used and sold Coraid to a customer. The linux client side wasn’t stable. iSCSI was coming up and was actually quite a bit better. We moved over … Read more

Systemd, and the future of Linux init processing

An interesting thing happened over the last few months and years. Systemd, a replacement init process for Linux, gained more adherents, and supplanted the older style init.d/rc scripting in use by many distributions. Ubuntu famously abandoned init.d style processing in favor of upstart and others in the past, and has been rolling over to systemd. … Read more

#SC14 day 2: @LuceraHQ tops @scalableinfo hardware … with Scalable Info hardware …

Report XTR141111 was just released by STAC Research for the M3 benchmarks. We are absolutely thrilled, as some of our records were bested by newer versions of our hardware with newer software stack. Congratulations to Lucera, STAC Research for getting the results out, and the good folks at McObject for building the underlying database technology. … Read more