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How to sell performance computing in 2013

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I would rather gamble on our vision than make a ‘me, too’ product. 
Steve in the movie Jobs


Offer Open Ended Performance  Solutions, not productsListenKnow who you want to pleaseBe different: resist the hype temptationsOffer the best there is in technology, wherever you find itMake User Experience a priorityGenerate and collect "Aha" testimonialsSeed for follow up business
Until now, the HPC (High Performance Computing)  was the consumer side in the realm of  Government (mainly Defense, Intelligence Agencies, and Science such as energy, agriculture, weather). ambitious political leaders and Academia. Large System builders with deep pockets offer the supply side, often bearing the a substantial part of the costs and hardly making any profits.

High Performance Computing is just one of the terms used to define problems so big, that the ordinary Enterprise Computing is unable to handle. These are usually the Super Computers as ranked by the TOP500 list. The current number 1 is Tia…

Is Windows hard to use?

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In my blog entry of July 14, 2013 I commented on Microsoft efforts to re-invent itself. It did not work. Mr Ballmer, 57,  announced  he will resign "within a year." He is worth $11 billions. Microsoft made all their money by copying the Apple MacIntosh interface, call it Windows 3.0 (which had a general system failure every 30 seconds or so),  then 3.1 and made a computer accessible to anyone from kindergarten to an old age home. People will put up with anything, as long as it was easy to use. It made everyone feel good.

The user experience (UX)  is what made Windows, Windows.

We live in 2013, when expanding the desktop capabilities to reach clouds and clusters is a must. But to do so, Microsoft takes a step back. It trades simplicity for complexity. It destroys the very reason Windows was Windows and successful.

I, personally, I would take the entire board of Microsoft to watch the movie Jobs. It does not matter whether the movie is good or bad. It doesn't matter whethe…

Amazon Web Services: We hate you and We love you.

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The 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service from Gartner is out

In my blog entry Part 2. Getting out of the Trough of Disillusion Will cloud computing be adopted massively in 2011? I say:
Ability to Execute and  Completeness of Vision: These are two axes of the Magic Quadrant. This is in a nut shell how the companies are evaluated Market Understanding and Product Strategy are the highest ratings possible in Completeness of VisionProduct/Service and Customer Experience are the highest ratings for Ability to Execute To get into the Data Centers, we need to understand this market, the way it is now, setting aside our belief-in-Nirvana that cloud computing will bring. In fact, we need to completely forget any solutions we have in our mind when interviewing for product management purposes a significant customer. We need to be humble   and respect for the all data center classic practitioners See below the succession of magic quadrants  for 2010, 2012 and 2013


There are a …

Pleasantly Parallel Computing.

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Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing  will be the keynote speaker at ISC Cloud'13 this September 23-24. Below are some excerpts from his interview with Nages Sieslack.
Jason  calls HTC "high throughput computing" , "pleasantly parallel computing" 
The terminology is not new. The term "Pleasantly Parallel Computing" was coined by  Miron Livny , - the CTO of Open Science Grid - at the SciDAC PI Meeting - Boston, June, 2007. You can see Miron's slide presentation here
Wikipedia also recommends using "pleasantly parallel computing" and not "embarrassingly parallel computing"
It took then seven years for this terminology to reach mainstream
Maybe we should start a new acronym, PPC. Jason build his company on HTCondor, the open source product for the HTC technology and implemented in the Open Science Grid. By offering a commercially  "on-demand" HTC and HPC application, Cycle Computing created a cloud. It a new name for th…

What a Data Scientist does?

BoscoR is a solution for scientists - using R open source software - who want to expand the computing resources beyond a desktop or a single cluster, yet with the best user experience. As of today, many scientists do not know how to move easily to a cluster and work as easily as with a laptop.
Q: Do I need to be a computer genius to set up cloud cluster? A: If you want a whole cluster of machines in order to parallelize your jobs, you will probably require a little more technical expertise than for a single machine– certainly for the initial setup. Then again, once the cluster is up and running, there are many tools and packages facilitating the parallelization of jobs for the end-user. We hope Bosco R using a package GridR will become one of the most simple to use. Why we believe this?

Just read Derek Weitzel blog on R.

But who are the Data Scientists today and what is the role of statisticians in the Big Data  hoopla ?


Big Data [sorry] and  Data Science: What Does a Data Scientist Do…

The Kafkian Castle and the Digital Universe

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40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes (40 Zettabytes), that’s how much digitally stored data humankind will possess by 2020, according to IDC, That is nearly 40% increase per year

Intersect360 Research projects the HPC revenue compound annual growth rate to be 6.5% from 2012 to 2017, reaching $39.9 billion at the end of the forecast period.

Here we are: Digital Universe increases 40%, while the size of the technology required to make sense of these enormous data increases only 6.5%,

I discovered that 99%  of the world scientists are supercomputer illiterate and they don't have access to one large cluster or supercomputer.


 Most supercomputers have restricted access, have individual allocations. They are shielded by armies of computer scientists.  The researchers must go through them. It is not like working with a Mac.

They are like inside the village with the Castle - from Franz  Kafka novel - in the background. Every one can see it, but no one knows how to get there


The Top500 Ti…