General Purpose GPUs for Network Analytics

by dave on November 24, 2013

So, a big deal was made about a paper from some university researchers somewhere (source here) noting the efficacy of using GPGPUs for Network Analysis (obstensibly as a

correlation sieve for all the streams of information being presented).  While this is a GREAT paper, it neglects a few critical points that someone who’s a bit more familiar with the platforms might pick up.

  1. the rise of APUs.
  2. Power consumption and Thermals
  3. Form factor

Let’s tackle these individually (and yes, in a cursory manner):

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Where Community Begins

by dave on May 21, 2009


Nothing tends to solidify a community more than a cause that hits each of us at our base element: our physical being.  In this case, we’ve seen a massive explosion of support within the storage community with folks from NetApp, HDS, HP, IBM, and EMC (amongst many) coming to the aid of Nick Glasgow who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.  I’ll let Mark Fredrickson tell the story on his blog, but on a personal note, this strikes very close to home.

When I was in college, my brother had a friend who struggled with (and ultimately succumbed to) leukemia.  The devastation of your body attacking itself is bad enough and layering chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants over the top ravaged his body and mind.  What brought him peace in this time was his faith and his community.  The support he had from other people was immense and, when his time came, he left in peace knowing that all around him, people saw past his sickness and his despair and came to his aide, strangers and friends alike.

So, here we stand at another crossroads and the gauntlet has been thrown. Will you answer this call to be a part of something bigger, something more powerful than a storage system or cloud concept? Nick transcends us all with a simple request for help. Do what you can, as often as you can!

Please use the #helpnick hashtag on Twitter.

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CloudCall #1: Schedule of Events

by dave on March 22, 2009

I’m anxiously looking forward to tomorrow’s CloudCall event.  I’ve previously published the bridge line information here and all that’s really left is a “schedule” for the call. So, here you go!

Topic:  Cisco Unified Computing/Communication Server

Call Schedule:

  • Introduction and Topic Exposition – 5 minutes
  • Open discussion on the applicability of Cisco‘s UCS for public/private clouds (virtualization) – 50 minutes

Some of the chatter around Twitter, etc. has been about the server infrastructure of the UCS platform versus, perhaps, the solution as a whole.  I want to hear from YOU as to what you think is going to happen and its implications.

See you then!


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Private Clouds & Storage: Considerations

February 13, 2009

One of the current “hot” topics within the IT industry these days is the concept of cloud computing.  While there is a level of ambiguity around what cloud computing actually is, there is a definite trend towards looking at what these cloud services and storage can do for the commercial and enterprise.
Private Cloud Challenges
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Atmos Foundations: Hardware

November 11, 2008

Yesterday, I took a look at Atmos from a software standpoint.  While Atmos is truly a “software” solution, there is an element of hardware to examine as well.  Truth be told, it’s not as interesting as the core Atmos offerings but, there are some notables.  We’ll start with a quick look at 3 basic configurations […]

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