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* Posts by ToddR

47 posts • joined 25 Oct 2012

AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

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Re: computational density...

You dont need to upload/download do you? Isn't it using hUMA, so GPU and DRAM is shared?

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Nutanix tries to lure in BIZ WHALES with fresh storage NOS

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what does this deliver that Scale I/O doesn't and

do you really want another OS to support?

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Intel just installed itself in Hadoop guru Cloudera – and why their rivals should be worried

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I heard the reason MapR are of interest is because they have the only filesystem that isn't reliant on non-redundant nameing nodes. Is that true, should a bit crappy if it is, but I heard it from a reliable and well informed source?

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Re: BitCoin or passwords?

Bitcoin mining should work very well

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Re: Yowser

If you get 10X speedup i'd be amazed and you'd need a really really good parallel programmer to do that

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

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Re: HP who?

No a cocked hat

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DDN unveils Wizard of WOS: Not beardy Steve – object storage, silly

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POSIX

A standard POSIX interface to this would be nice. Is anyone producing such a thing?

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: Meanwhile, outside hobbyville....

Isn't Lenovo a chinese company Matt?

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Re: Eh?

You only need to replace part of the drive, (depending on the # of parity stripes).

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: mutant beef forests

There aren't any, but the largest forest isn't the Amazon, it's the Taiga covering Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and much of norther Asia

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Future storage tech should KILL all-in-one solutions, says CEO

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Re: @Daniel B

But you treat, (or can), the server which hosts the discs, as a box of discs, i.e. the same as an iSCSI disc array.

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@Daniel B

Same functionality is a SAN, (if it's designed correctly). DataCore may or may not be, but several are.

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@AC

No, if it's architected correctly, (multiple parities), then multiple servers and or discs can fail and data is still available.

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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"better known for making tea"

Your ignorance of Tata is staggering?

Industrial conglomerate founded by Ratan Tata, in the 60/70s?

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Oh, so you've founded a disruptive storage upstart? Do tell me more

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Re: A little thought on why we are heading this way !

Who mentioned ASIC? He was talking about a SW solution sitting on NewCos x86 COTs box, versus SW sitting on a Tier 1 x86 COTs box

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IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

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Re: Fujitsu

Attention Michael Keegan!

1. Lenovo make shed loads of PCs

2. Lenovo make shed loads of servers, (happen to say IBM on most)

3. Servers are PC motherboards in longer thinner box. Its's not hard to do.

What are you wittering on about?

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: I think I can update this one for you so it works on both sides of the pond

Lombardi?

Isn't he dead?

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Re: Oh it was going so well until....

@Baldeforce

Get a life

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HP execs Bradley and Donatelli ready to walk: reports

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Re: leaving at end of the month

About a month

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Re: The huge difference...

If you had bought a MAC, she might still be your girlfriend :)

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My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC

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Re: Skills?

Who told you IBM or any of the tier 1 companies have in house HPC skills for x86. They don't!

Power, absolutely, but not in x86

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Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

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Racist

Is it racist to call Balmer a chimp?

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Happy new year: Nimbus Data lets go of a dozen staffers in the US

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Marketeers needed

Nimbus Data and no mention of cloud, bizzarre!

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: Have we learned nothing....

"Now whats the value in knowing the other Eu ministers position on agricultural subsidy cuts or on whether Scotland would be allowed into the Eu without the Euro?"

No such thing as a discussion on EU agricultural cuts!

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Cray turns cluster crank with ScaleMP

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Re: And still

In any case, a SMP system should be able to scale better than a cluster running message passing. While sitting here writing out this reply, I can't think of any application that would scale better in an MPP system vs. SMP, but I could be wrong.

Sorry you are wrong. There is always an overhead, (cache coherency), which the cluster does not have, so scaling classical MPI code like CFD will "always" scale better than any/all ccNUMA systems. ScaleMP does well with CFD because inherently in HW it's a cluster. Where is doesn't do well is in mixed workloads, e.g. CFD and FEA structural analysis on the same system.

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Re: And still

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Re: And still

What are you trying to say?

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Object storage: The blob creeping from niche to mainstream

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Re: Object: It's not just about storing stuff...

@ZEN

Have you seen what we are developing by any chance?

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NEC tag teams with HP on high-end x86 servers

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@AC "innovative Numalink technology", do you work for SGI by any chance?

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HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

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@Eadon

No obvioulsy no sod all about HPC, as they are almost all running Linux all ready.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: More like Windows 8 RTM than 8.1

Why are we surprised Win8 was crap. Every 1st version is shite and they fix it, (mostly), with the second version. This has happened since Windows 95.

If only someone would produce an Officesuite that was really inter-operable with Office, I could get away from Balmerland

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ScaleMP: Use RAM plus vSMP, not flash, to boost server performance

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Re: Still pugging something

USB = flash?

That will be same flash that EMC, NetApp, HP, IBM, Fusion-I/O, Violoin and Uncle Tom Cobely use in there enterprise arraye, tool

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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Re: Where will you find your BOFH for this

@Orcus

Isn't the management problem solved with Openflow?

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Deep inside Intel's new ARM killer: Silvermont

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Re: This is journalism?

Why do we keep believeing the hype, despite time after time, they fib! e.g. XEON Phy, was going to compete with GPGPU without re-writing your code! The truth is you can run standard code on Phy and it runs like a dog, because the processing units have a much slower clock that standard XEONs. You get the benefits from Phy by using the vector units, which is a significant task for a good programmer, same as GPGPU.

Intel like Microsoft might just be a dinasaur 64.999Million s years ago!

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Re: Goalposts.

Never discount Intel on t he grounds that can't "through horespower" at the problem. They havedone that for as long as I can remember, and look at what happened to:

Motorola 68K, Mips, and Sparc??

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IBM considers System X surgery: Will it ruin its sexy HPC figure?

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IBM xseries

I dont think it mmatters at all. IBM's large HPC installations, are either PSeries or iDataplex if x86 based, which they are keeping hold of.

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IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

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Re: not surprised

Perhaps we are assuming x86 has a future anyway, I'm not sure it does. Intel has managed to fab ist way up market for years, with a pretty poor architecture, but pretty soon they will see the limits of physics. On the other hand ARMs will be coming from Calxeda, via Dell, HP et al, and they will compete well versus x86 for web servuces. So IBM becoming an ARM licensee, flogging off the x86 business for $5B might well be a very clever move.

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Re: Storm clouds

Why should it be a surprise that ALL x86 server vendors are struggling when the only difference between them is the colour of the paint?

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: Support

Thats coz you live in the sticks mate

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Re: Smartphones are for yesterday's cool kids.

Ever thought of making friends instead?

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HGST unveils 12Gbit/s SAS SSDs for bankers, gamers and cloud-pushers

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Re: And this will cost...

Indeed. The problem with ALL flsah drives is teh sustained write performance falls off a cliff, once you exhaust the write cache on the drive. Because of this flash has very jittery performance too, do hardly ideal or high frequency trading..

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Oracle to resell Fujitsu 'Athena' Sparc64-X servers ... worldwide

ToddR

1. 32Tbyte shared memory boxes are not common

2. Solaris is STILL a far more robust OS than Linux

3. SPARC is expensive versus x86, but if you have SMP needs, then revert to #1. above

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Re: But, will it run Crysis?

How many bloody times the same "funny" post!

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Oracle's new T5 Sparcs boost scalability in chip and chassis

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Re: M5-32 is not the only one with 32TB RAM

SGI have much larger, ccNUMA, systems than 32TB

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NetApp's dangerous dance with the killer brontosaurus - Amazon

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Happy

Well they were called Bronto-burgers in the Flintstones. Probably didn't eat the head, so knew no better!

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Greenhouse gases break record again, says top UN weather man

ToddR

Increasing CO2 levels makes plants grow faster. Its what happens in a greenhouse, so shouldn't matter to the plants at all.

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Re: I can't say

Oh dear I can feel the late night call of a Kerby sales pitch

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ToddR

Re: I can't say

Shite at sucking up dirt though

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