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 moreOf business models, and business reality
I have noticed a tendency for technologists, programmers, and others to fall in love with their projects, their tools, … . Why this happens, I am not sure. I don’t love my hammer, my circular saw, my computers, the languages I use. They are tools. They are the means to a goal. Sure, I like … Read moreThe marketing of computer languages
At the excellent Cluster Monkey Doug Eadline mused on a number of topics of interest, specifically on why Cluster HPC is hard. There were some excellent points made. The OSC is working on an initiative to increase access to high performance computing resources for end users. Their effort is in part by making access to … Read moreIs a cluster a toaster?
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
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
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This took me a while to post in part due to heavy year end load, but also, that I wanted to think through what I did see, and what I didn’t. It is important in many processes to take a moment, step back from where you are, and try to assemble the bigger picture of … Read moreSC'05 wrap up
Well, this is the day we had to leave. We saw many things, met many people, had many good conversations. Oddly enough we did not have time to attend talks. I sat in on one BOF. Here is what I observed. IBM is pushing Blue Gene everywhere. In the sessions I did see or hear … Read moreTill we meet again … in Tampa! (not Orlando… Do'h!)
We had wanted to see several of the sessions including the ClawHmmer, and various others. I spent most of my time talking with various vendors and others on the show floor. ClawHmmer is interesting as it is a GPU version of HMMer, and on good GPU hardware, you can get quite a performance boost on … Read moreSC'05 sessions
This morning, SC’05 featured a keynote address from Bill Gates, CTO and founder of Microsoft. Prior to the keynote, we watched a video loop, and we heard from the heads of the ACM, and the president-elect of the IEEE, as well as the chairperson of the board for SC’06 in Tampa Florida. The president-elect gave … Read moreSC'05 full day 1 (Tuesday)