The coming of the "grid" (the hopefully hype-free or hype-reduced model that is)

Someone gets it. I can’t say much more now, or even point to who gets it. Then again, with all companies and decisions comes baggage. While they get the idea, there is this little manner of the baggage they attached to their grid to fix another problem. Customers bringing application code over to their grid, … Read moreThe coming of the "grid" (the hopefully hype-free or hype-reduced model that is)

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

SGI announced another RIF. Thats more good people tossed onto the street. Thats good technology about to be or already dumped. SGI and I go way back, to 1993 when I started running molecular dynamics simulations on SGI machines. These machines were fast (those R3000’s were like butta …). I liked them so much, and … Read moreIt is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

The difference between an architecture and a product [part 2]

More reflections on the differences between architectures and products. Beowulf and most cluster systems are architectures to be built. Many vendors attempt to freeze the architecture, or restrict variations of it in order to build a polished product. Polished products are finished. They have a finished feel to them. Someone went through and actually made … Read moreThe difference between an architecture and a product [part 2]

The difference between an architecture and a product

This will be a short comment on something I have noticed with engineering led startups. The hardware oriented ones tend to have really neat architectures. Everything is technically beautiful. One problem though. They are not products. A product is finished. It has all the features one might expect out of a product. Yeah, this is … Read moreThe difference between an architecture and a product

Broken makefiles

I remain consistently amused by the makefiles we see. Some of them are broken beyond repair. If I told you where I found them, and the profile of the projects that they were in, you would have a hard time stopping laughing. No, I am not talking about the auto-generated monstrosities from the GNU auto-tools. … Read moreBroken makefiles