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.
First we have updated WordPress. Took a while but it was worth it. Second we are getting far more spam than usual, so I have disabled pingback/trackback. I am sorry about this, please email me if this causes you problems. Update: We re-enabled pingback/trackback and implemented some anti-spam technology. Lets see if it works.
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 …
Obviously SGI has existential challenges ahead. This means something quite simple. No cow is sacred. No ego’s can get in the way of doing the right thing by the shareholders.
I will be frank. This is about 9 years too late.
First, will SGI recover? Possibly, though I am not going to bet on it. The challenges are not just internal, their competitors have wasted no time in making use of their situation. High performance computing is an unforgiving market. Single mis-steps can be fatal. Running a marathon of past mis-steps like SGI did should be fatal. I wouldn’t count them out, but the odds are against them regaining good will and customer trust.
It appears that Microsoft is about ready to release CCS. This might be interesting, depending upon what was done, and how it all works. Some things to note. It includes a job scheduler. Built into the OS. This is either a really good thing, or a really bad thing. I can see arguments both ways. It includes bits that Linux has had for a while. Remotable/scriptable installation. Multiple security models.
Some thoughts. The Platform folks in Toronto cannot be happy about the integrated scheduler. Microsoft is firing across the bow of them, Altair, and others. We will have to see how interested the customer base is in this.
I note today that SGI has filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors. Whether or not they emerge from bankruptcy is an open question, and one we will surely learn over the next several months. One could talk about everything that led them to where they are now, and no doubt you will see … Read more… signifying nothing …
One of our development systems is a dual socket system with 2 dual core Opteron 275 chips. 4 GB ram, nice disk config, and a quadro fx/1400. This is a good machine t work on.
I had set it up with SuSE 9.x, and had left it at 9.3 for quite a while. Recently we upgraded it to SuSE 10.0 Pro. More modern kernel, somewhat updated apps. I thought it would be nice to stay somewhat current.
We use this for building and testing our accelerated HMMer code. This code is 1.6-2.5x faster than the binaries from the WUSTL site. Source code changes, and we are finalizing a new release of it.
Positive news: My company has been selected to present at the Michigan GCS. This is in line with what we submitted to the 21st century fund a few months ago. Also, we received notes that 2 of our applications had passed compliance screening for this. The end game of this is to ramp up an … Read morePositives and negatives