Pioneering Utility Computing: The Idea of Sun Unit of Compute Power (SUNCOP)
|Compute power deliver through a plug, like electricity|
Here is the exchange with Jonathan Schwartz, in February 22, 2003. A Nothing happened for more than a year, when, on September 4, 2004 - my birthday - we read in the news that the launch of network.com $1 per CPU per Hour initiative is a reality.
|Sample Utility Bill to model SUNCOP or the future equivalent of SUNCOP|
Subject: Re: How to break through with new ideas: SUNCOPDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 22:10:43 -0800From: Jonathan SchwartzTo: Miha Ahronovitzthanks for your note - Robert and I had a similar discussion recently. We're not yet at the point of wanting to mandate the idea, but we're hovering around concepts quite like SUNCOPS.Stay tuned - and keep driving!----- Original Message -----From: Miha AhronovitzDate: Saturday, February 22, 2003 10:30 amSubject: How to break through with new ideas: SUNCOPHi Jonathan,It's a privilege to write directly to you as you are the highest ranking Sun executive in our Division who can set goals, and make decisions
In these challenging times, how can ideas from the bottom go up? The utility computing task is spread over 4 to 5 separate groups, with no synchronization. As usual in a large company, everyone assumes somebody else knows what's going on.I know how busy you are, but can you read the enclosed text?It will take 3 minutes.cheers and many thanksMiha AhronovitzLine Product ManagerSGE/E-------------------------------------------------------------------
We invent a Sun Unit of Compute power, a parameter defined andcalculated by us from hardware measurements that the Grid Enginecollects.Say we call it SUNCOP (Sun Unit of Compute Power).We store the cumulative calculations of SUNCOPs in a virtual utilitymeter for hardware only (CPU, Memory, I/O, network devices, usage astandard feature in SGE). Then we add - like in telephone bill -the use of each application software similar to the International and longdistance calls in a phone bill.The money collected (or recorded as "funny-money") can easily beredistributed to the right owners of hardware and software in the ITcenter.I mentioned this idea to ... who works for .... I mentioned it to ….. and …... I vaguelyhinted a it to ….. We need a goal from top level Sun management.We need Jonathan Schwartz to say: I want this DONE and assign measurable goals to all participantsSun may regain the leadership in the enterprise Data Center Management. Sun Unit of Compute Power SUNCOP may become the industry standard.
To deliver, we need a final definition of the goal, a Project and a Product Manager with a P-Team.--Miha Ahronovitz,Line Product ManagerN1 Grid Engine