I have given the Microsoft entry into cluster computing a great deal of thought. I want to see if this is a force to be reckoned with, or something else. Will they matter in the long term?
While thinking this through, there are a number of serious issues with WCC I can spot. I won’t go through them here, I want to mull over them for a while.
Imagine you have a great idea. You think about it, design it, test it, try it. You approach customers with it and they are very interested. You do the market research, find that the market is growing like banshees, build a busines plan, do all the footwork. Then you go look for capital to make it happen.
I had a conversation recently with two nice people from Microsoft about their (now released) WCC product. One of the people, Patrick wrote a comment (for some reason wordpress is editing it, so go to this URL: http://scalability.org/?p=59#comment-40 ) here that is worth looking at.
I have been skeptical of the WCC product in that I didn’t understand what Microsoft’s vision was for this (no guffaws here), and thought that I might be misinterpreting what I didn’t hear. That is speculating.
In this post, the author indicates that SGI committed suicide, or at least attempted it twice. Their rationale was that the NT porting bit was the first phase, and that the Itanium choice was the second. Further they posit that there is no value left in the company.
I disagree with the first and third points. SGI acquired Cray during the time when we were busy taking away their business. This was IMO, one of the first fatal mistakes. To correct some misconceptions/misperceptions, the O2k (Origin) was called many things internally, including the
All of us are guilty at some point in time or the other, of embellishing some attribute about something we talk about. We like our choice to be the “winner”, whatever that means. This “crime” takes many forms.
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Is available if you would like some good reading from IEEE. For those who don’t know, we reworked the p7Viterbi function in the HMMer code, and created a faster version of HMMer in the process. Our measurements put it anywhere from 1.6-2.5x faster than the downloadable binaries from Professor Eddy’s site. Since HMMer is GPLed, … Read moreOur Scalable HMMer paper
Dell it seems is about to enter the market with some Opteron units. I don’t see any high flying Porcine, and while it is cold today in Michigan, some town here has not frozen over. So what’s going on? Seems like the simple economics of the market are testing the loyalty principal of manufacturers. You … Read morelooks out the window checking for porcine shapes aloft …