Is high performance computing a critical path technology? Is it a technology that you cannot do without? This is a question some potential partners were discussing this evening. Very interesting question. If HPC is not critical, then demand for it should be quite moderate. If it is not critical, then the market would have basically … Read moreHPC in the critical path
Someone gets it. I can’t say much more now, or even point to who gets it. Then again, with all companies and decisions comes baggage. While they get the idea, there is this little manner of the baggage they attached to their grid to fix another problem. Customers bringing application code over to their grid, … Read moreThe coming of the "grid" (the hopefully hype-free or hype-reduced model that is)
I know, its dangerous to Post Before Coffee (PBC) in the morning. It increases the possibility of missing critical features of an argument, and there tends to be more bloviation, stream of approximately conciousness, and so forth. I read an article this morning from the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com site that evoked many emotions and … Read moreAre we back to bubble-nomics again?
Competition is in full swing. This is the first year it is (mostly) well designed to make a difference to Michigan. Kudos for the folks that resisted the pressure to make this identical to the MTTC/MLSC of prior years. You can still see echos of that pressure, but I expect this to be a very … Read moreMichigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund
SGI announced another RIF. Thats more good people tossed onto the street. Thats good technology about to be or already dumped. SGI and I go way back, to 1993 when I started running molecular dynamics simulations on SGI machines. These machines were fast (those R3000’s were like butta …). I liked them so much, and … Read moreIt is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
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 moresignificant growth in HPC markets
The IBM folks have turned the Blue Gene into what they claim is the worlds fastest blast engine. Interesting read. They use our A. thaliana data in the Bioinformatics Benchmark System v3 (BBS) to perform their measurement, as well as data from Aaron Darling for mpiBLAST. Our data had been in a mislabeled file for … Read moreAmusing
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 moreThoughts on Microsoft cluster offerings
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 moreThe 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 moreOf business models, and business reality