I've been thinking a lot lately about microprocessors, from the many-core CPUs that AMD and Intel introduced recently to the massively scalable GPGPU processing that's taking machine learning by storm. After years of consolidation on commodity x86 CPUs, it seems that the computing paradigm is turning again to specialized offload processors. This trend towards heterogeneous … [Read more...] about Co-Processors, GPGPU, and Heterogeneous Computing
1972 As I was born 40 years ago today, or so I'm told. I don't actually have a clear recollection of the events of that day, or indeed that decade. But the people who were there have proven to be caring and trustworthy, so I will take this as fact. I didn't really know anything about anything at the time, apart from what was in front of my own eyes. I imagine that I really … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday to Me (From 7 Miles Over Chicago)
This is a follow-up to my story, De-Duplication Goes Mainstream Although deduplication of storage is nothing new, with Data Domain and other making hay with the technique for years, it has never been ready for prime time - reduction of active primary storage applications like email and databases. Instead, deduplication has been relegated to second- or third-tier status, … [Read more...] about Deduplication Coming to Primary Storage
Marc Farley challenged us storage geeks to wave our junk flags and reveal just how many computers we have. Well, I'm really not sure... Let's see - in order of usefulness... Networked: Dell XPS M1210 laptop (killer!) with 120GB internal and 500 GB Western Digital My Book backup drive TiVo Series 3 with 250 GB (yeah yeah not yet upgraded) TiVo Series 2 with 140 … [Read more...] about These computers are not junk!