Showing posts from December, 2012

How can I learn to be a good Product Manager?

This my answer to the question from Quora
I am surprised no one suggested the Haas Business School Product Management , a 5 days executive program. I am an alumni. See the group on LinkedIn. The PM skill is not bullet-able with plain vanilla advice (be this, be that) or vague Chinese cookies advise  (learn to balance). A good product manager creates desire, see Michelle Ahronovitz on Nir Eyal's "Creating Desire" , learns the user experience as in  Tristan Kromer's Customer Development and User Experience and pays attention to what is invisible to the naked eye. That's why developing products in corporations can be mildly to very frustrating. Just attending UC Berkeley there is a bout of fresh air, I did not breathe at Sun Microsystems before it's fall. A Product Manager is in essence a proto-CEO of a startup company. You should go to Berkeley, even for 5 days, to see what I mean.

An interview with Miron Livny : Bosco, HTCondor and more

Miron Livny  is a professor of Computer Science. He leads  the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at the University of Wisconsin -Madison and serves as the technical director of the Open Science Grid  (OSG).

As described on HTCondor web site:
...most scientists are concerned with how many floating point operations per month or per year they can extract from their computing environment rather than the number of such operations the environment can provide them per second or minute. Floating point operations per second (FLOPS) has been the yardstick used by most High Performance Computing (HPC) efforts to evaluate their systems. Little attention has been devoted by the computing community to environments that can deliver large amounts of processing capacity over long periods of time. We refer to such environments as High Throughput Computing (HTC) environments.  In essence, Miron's  research is driven by the following challenge:
How can we accommodate an unbounded need for c…

Why placing a free open source product on a very expensive infrastructure?

The supreme test for grid or cloud software is to have it run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), particularly for High Performance and High Throughput computing.

AWS has become the status symbol, and a very expensive one

Cycle Computing
In April  2012 Cycle Computing  Utility Super-Computing offer - based on the open source HTCondor " - a 50,000-core utility supercomputer in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud for Schrödinger and Nimbus Discovery as customers." HPC in the Cloud reported  Cycle used 51,132 cores from 6,742 Amazon EC2 instances with 59 TB memory.

Everybody said Wow, but the service cost from Amazon alone was nearly five grand ($4,828.85  per hour to be precise). Amazon cleaned the table and they took the bulk of the profits here.

In September 2012 the cost went down. Cycle blog New CycleCloud HPC Cluster Is a Triple Threat: 30000 cores, $1279/Hour mentions the lowered Amazon toll money in the title

$1,300 per hour is still a considerable price to pay, fattening AWS…

Isaac Asimov's amazing foresight

This video attracted many  people as they believe Asimov predicted the existence of Quora as a necessity. In reality, he predicted much more , so I place it here for our readers.

He said more than two decades ago, before Yahoo, Google etc we will have Internet and we will educate anyone - including slower learners or older users - at their own pace. We can ask questions and get answers on the computers all of us will own in our homes, the same way we own automobiles and air conditioning units.

Indirectly, he predicted the highly functional autistic employment

See the classic question they ask Asimov; "What if computers dehumanize the human mind?" OMG, didn't I hear this before? Mr. Asimov looks modern and he will remain so for many centuries.  Twenty five years ago Isaac Asimov was perceived as eccentric. His interviewer represented the common sense.

Mr. Asimov owned a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer which sold for $3,450 in 1980. He said:

"I do not fear computers. I fea…

The Übercloud Experiment. An Interview

The Übercloud Experiment is the brainchild of Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier.

Wolfgang Gentzsch is mostly based in Germany - he travels a lot. Among his many achievements, Wolfgang is the Chairman of the ISC Cloud Conference for HPC  Big Data in the Cloud, the main founder of Gridware Inc, acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2000  He is probably the Mr. HPC-Cloud  worldwide. He lists - with an ingenious sense of humor  - the 2010 Dilbert Award - on his LinkedIn page. Just click the link.

Burak Yenier is a hands-on expert on what we call  today an Internet based cloud. Before it was called Application Service Provider (ASP) or E-Commerce. Based in Silicon Valley for the last 13 years,  Burak worked in various start-ups and he is now the VP of Operations (my translation: the guy who gets the job done) of a large San Francisco financial services company.

We talked over Skype, hours before the rains in Northern California brought a 30 hours power outage in my office. I call this luck.