significant growth in HPC markets

IDC is out with its estimated numbers, based upon 3 quarters of data, and one quarter of estimated data. The summary is amazing. 20+% CAGR for this market. It is about 9B$(yes, that is a B meaning billion or 10^9, which is 10**9 for old timers). It is growing about 1.8B$/year at the present. … Read more significant growth in HPC markets

Thoughts on Microsoft cluster offerings

I haven’t seen it yet. Eventually when I get more time, I want play with it, but from what I have heard it is not ready for prime time yet. That said, I would like note that the Cygwin tools are really good. I just built LAM-7.1.1 using them. Tried it out and it works … Read more Thoughts on Microsoft cluster offerings

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

High performance computing is a tough business. Customers always want more performance. Few want to pay more for this performance. Many vendors want to serve this market but precious few are pushing more than boxes. Its easy to push boxes, and the really low end vendors, likely having been burned as suppliers of low end … Read more Of business models, and business reality

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 more The 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 more Broken makefiles