An interesting view SGI with some misconceptions

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

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Update on blog changes

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.

Our Scalable HMMer paper

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 more Our Scalable HMMer paper

Whither SGI

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.

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Something cluster-like this way comes

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.

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Interesting NUMA issues in current SuSE kernel

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.

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