HP Push the Server Density Envelope

HP as reported before have been hinting at super-dense Arm servers. However instead of just offering ARM HP have announced that their will offer a variety of low power processors from AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda (Arm), Intel, and Texas Instruments. All of which will allow the customer to mix and match their performance to energy efficiency needs.

2013/04/09 00:49 · Richard Donovan

Intel Releases their own Speedier Hadoop

Intel has released its own version of open source software platform Hadoop. This version naturally supports optimization at for intel based processors to boost performance (and sell more intel servers). It will also include Intel Distribution for Pentaho’s range of analytics software, bringing new data mining, analysis, interactive reporting and other capabilities to the distro.

The move is interesting in that it also demonstrates how open-source software like Hadoop helps drive the success of profit-making companies that make the commercial products and provide the technical support that enterprise needs to run it. We've seen similar announcements from Cloudera, Hortonworks, which has just put out a Windows version of HDP, and EMC’s Greenplum. With Hadoop becoming a corporate standard.

Some could see this as a new move by Intel and threaten startups like Hortonworks and Cloudera, but Davis says that this is far from the case. Instead, the company is planning to share these advancements with the Hadoop community at large, having already announced a team up with Red Hat, and so eventually everyone should be able to benefit – providing yet more evidence that Intel is getting into this game solely to find new customers for its chips.

2013/03/07 00:48 · Richard Donovan

Bina Big Data Startup to Store and Analyze DNA

Bina Genomic Analysis Platform, which helps pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, researchers, and clinicians analyze large amounts of genomic sequencing data. The DNA sequence data from one person taking up half a terabyte of space, drastically increasing the number of datasets requires not only more space, but new software to compare samples to each other and draw conclusions.

The Bina Genomic Analysis Platform works with existing sequencing systems, taking the data produced by those systems and assembling it into a format that is usable for medical discovery and patient care. The product is a combination of hardware and software and pay an annual subscription fee for the software.

2013/02/23 04:43 · Richard Donovan

PiCloud - Scientific Computing in the Cloud

No it is not (what I thought) a raspberry Pi Cloud, rather PiCloud is a python orientated parallel cloud based service aimed at Scientific computing tasks.

PiCloud Python interface makes it easy to access the resources:

import cloud; cloud.call(yourfunction). 

piCloud is oriented towards making long running parallel calls typically used in scientific number crunching. They provide automatic scaling of the service to match the computational needs from no load to peak usage. You can also control the number of real cores you wish to use through the configuration options.

PiCloud had an interesting announcement, they support non-Python things in custom environments, but R is pre-built in a new Base Environment.


2013/02/12 02:19 · Richard Donovan

Vert.x Red Hat and VMware "in active discussion"

The Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat/JBoss (Mark Little) and Alexis Richardson, senior director at VMware made a joint statement of vert.x the exciting async non-blocking java framework.

Little says that both Red Hat and VMware are “in active discussion” over how to support the project and options include the possibility of moving it to an open source software foundation. and it is seen as “an essential component to the success of the project”

In the wake of Little's statement, Apache Software Foundation President Jim Jagielski invited Fox and the vert.x community to, if they were interested, discuss moving vert.x under the foundation's structures. Fox himself, says that forking the project has not yet been ruled out. Fellow vert.x developer Stuart (Pid) Williams, said he believed that an “outcome that involves the minimum disruption, a single community and the support of both companies is preferable and achievable”.

2013/01/10 07:22 · Richard Donovan

Oracle Embraces Javascript Announces 5x Speedup Engine

js.jpg Oracle's has release their details of Project Nashorn which will allow JavaScript to be embedded in Java applications and to develop standalone JavaScript applications.

With the ubiquity of JavaScript engine there has been a badly needed refresh and a welcome report of five times speed up on performance than the current Rhino implementation and a much smaller footprint.

Unfortunately the planned release is for Java 8 in late 2013. Hopefully it will be competitive with the planned nodejs 2.

Bluffdale the Biggest Data Center you will never Visit

According to Wired the NSA have a new facility of staggering proportions.

Created in Bluffdale Utah, the new facility will have 25,000-square-foot(2322 sq meters) of server space.
ff_nsadatacenter_f.jpg The water storage no doubt for cooling is cabble of pumping 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day

The facility has it's electricity sub-station to provide 65-megawatt power . with an expected energy bill of $40 million a year.

The vast facility is designed to the explosion of data that needs to be managed with current estimates in the Yottabytes (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so and is currently the largest term of storage with no next higher magnitude.)

The facility is fed from a number of different sources some generating “20 terabytes of intercept data a minute”. This data then needs to be managed and turned into useful information including building complex social graphs.

All of which will no doubt spawn a new generation of research, tools and capabilities.

2012/12/03 03:07 · Richard Donovan

Intel's Petaflop 64 Core Pci Card

Intel is facing much stiffer competition on the mobile and low power end from Arm and in the high end HPC from GPU vendors. As a result of purchasing the Qlogic infiniband team and Cray fabric teams, Intel have launched Xeon Phi.

The Xeon Phi consists of 64 x86 cores (256 threads), each with a 512-bit vector unit. The vector unit can dispatch 8 double precision SIMD operations. The Xeon Phi runs at 2 GHz (more or less, probably more soon) and thus delivers (2 GHz x 64 cores x 8 FLOPs) 1 TFlops.

Although NVIDIA and AMD GPUs can deliver similar FLOPs, programming the Xeon Phi should be a lot easier to use than CUDA- or OpenCL. The same development tools as the regular Xeons are available: OpenMP, Intel's Threading Building Blocks, MPI, the Math Kernel Library (MKL)

2012/11/22 02:44 · Richard Donovan

64 bit Arm Steamroll gets Industry Backing (Windows, RedHat, Java)

Red Hat, Oracle, Cloudera and Citrix all announced development plans for 64-bit ARM hardware. And Linaro said it had kicked off a multi-vendor effort to develop some standards around Linux on ARM.


This comes on the back of AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) announced it would build ARM-based server chips, and Dell showed a prototype 64-bit ARM server, using some of the first sample silicon from Applied Micro Circuits.

The software vendors joined AppliedMicro during a session at ARM's TechCon conference to announce their support for its ARMv8 architecture, which includes the 64-bit extensions. Proponents say ARM servers will be significantly more energy efficient for certain cloud and big-data analytics workloads, though there's little information yet about how they perform in real-world tests.

2012/11/05 03:32 · Richard Donovan

Parallella - Crowdfunding Processor Development

For years, the development of CPU and custom add-on's was the virtue of huge, well-financed institutions. Intel for example, spent $2.4b in 2011 on R&D. However, with the advent of fabless chip manufactures, and better design tools, the age of the crowd-funded processor is upon us.

A new KickStater project, Parallella aims to bring the power of multi-processor, parallel programming to a wider audience.

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Event Driven Java with Vert.x

Node.js has taken the JavaScript developer world by storm allowing fast non-blocking JavaScript to be deployed server side.

Vert.x provides much of the same functionality (and speed) as node.js with support for multiple languages - JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Ruby, Python, Groovy or Java.

Vert.x is uses the Java Virtual Machine the facilitates the pretty much means it can run anywhere and doesn't require the node.js compilation. It also facilitates the out of the box multi-languages support and performance.

The new JavaScript orientated web model means single pages html support dynamic updates based on on JavaScript (ajax) requests rather than the traditional GET/POST summit requests.

Vert.x supports WebSockets and SockJS, an additional JavaScript communications library. This allows the browser's JavaScript to pull data snippets directly from the Server rather than full pages. The requests are accessed via a REST/Json interface which in turn uses functionality from the HTTP protocol.

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2012/10/09 03:48 · Richard Donovan

Oracle Demos MySql 7.3 Cluster with Node.js and Nosql

Oracle demo'd the MySQL Cluster 7.3 at the MySQL Connect conference. MySql is often the leading edge of Oracle's DB development and interestingly they have introduced integration with the open source Node.js JavaScript server.

Currently classed as a Labs feature and not intended for production use, it brings the increasingly popular Google's Node.js V8 engine. This allows server side JavaScript to run on the cluster interface that avoids transformations to SQL which Oracle are offering as their NoSql option to fight off popular MongoDb, CouchDB , Redis Nosql offerings. .

Developers can write JavaScript from desktop to sever using non-blocking I/O that boosts the end users perception of performance. Oracle are offering tutorials on the MySQL blog, the API follows Node.js's asynchronous architecture.

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