I'm quite pleased with the Intel NUC boards that came with my surplus Rabbit cloud, but I can't say the same about the Nvidia Jetson TK1 boards. They're weird, flaky, limited, and haven't proved useful even in simple applications. Frankly, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 15 Jetsons sitting in my office! Meet George Jetson The Jetson was one of the first … [Read more...] about Tortoise or Hare? Nvidia Jetson TK1
We live in a world of cattle, not pets, and Kubernetes rules the roost. I've been meaning to spend some time getting up to speed on the latest but didn't have enough hardware to make that happen until now. I recently bought a whole pile of surplus hardware so I will be able to experiment with orchestration and container platforms in the office. Watch this space for more details … [Read more...] about Introducing Rabbit: I Bought a Cloud!
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
Over the last month, high-performance graphics cards have disappeared from retailer stock, selling out immediately as they appear. Although AMD's new RX 580 offers decent graphics performance for the money, gamers aren't driving this demand. Instead, it's all about cryptocurrency mining, with Ethereum leading the way. It's time for AMD to get in on this game, with special … [Read more...] about Where Have All The GPU’s Gone? Cryptocurrency Mining!
As I mentioned in my previous article, I decided to buy the 13" Core i5 (base model) MacBook Pro. It meets my needs as a travel workstation, but how does it perform? I decided to benchmark it against my other Macs to see how it stands up. Benchmark Details The following benchmarks were performed using Xbench and Geekbench, running on a freshly-booted machine. Xbench is … [Read more...] about Benchmarking the 2011 13″ Core i5 MacBook Pro