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.
- the rise of APUs.
- Power consumption and Thermals
- Form factor
Let’s tackle these individually (and yes, in a cursory manner):
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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.
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
- 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!