Timothy Prickett Morgan
Co-founder and co-editor Timothy Prickett Morgan brings 25 years of experience as a publisher, IT industry analyst, editor, and journalist for some of the world's most widely-read high-tech and business publications including The Register, BusinessWeek, Midrange Computing, IT Jungle, Unigram, The Four Hundred, ComputerWire, Computer Business Review, Computer System News and IBM Systems User. Most recently, he was the Editor in Chief of EnterpriseTech.
December 13, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
You can’t call them the Super 8 because the discount hotel chain already has that name. But that is what they – with the they being Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook in the United States and Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and China Mobile in China – are. They are the biggest spenders, the hardest negotiators, and the most demanding customers in the IT sector.
Any component supplier that gets them buying their stuff gets kudos for their design wins and is assured, at least for a generation of products, a very steady and large demand, even if they might not bring …Read more
December 13, 2017 Maxwell Cooter
The word has come down from the top: Your company is going blockchain, and you will be implementing it. You have heard the buzz and are aware there is a difference between blockchain – the distributed, peer-to-peer ledger system – and its digital currency cousin, Bitcoin, which has been in the headlines. But how do you build an enterprise-class blockchain?
Let’s start with the basic premise, as that will inform the architectural and technical choices you make. Organizations are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon as a means of making transactions that span multiple parties simpler, more efficient and available at …Read more
December 12, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Putting more and more cores on a single CPU and then having two CPUs in a standard workhorse server is something that yields the best price/performance for certain kinds of compute-hungry workloads, and these days, particularly those who want top bin Xeon parts and the cost of the processor is no object because it saves on the total number of server nodes that has to be deployed.
But this is not the only way to pack the most compute density into a rack. A case can be made for middle bin parts, particularly for workloads that scale well across many …Read more
December 6, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
One of the most interesting and strategically located datacenters in the world has taken a shining to HPC, and not just because it is a great business opportunity. Rather, Verne Global is firing up an HPC system rental service in its Icelandic datacenter because its commercial customers are looking for supercomputer-style systems that they can rent rather than buy to augment their existing HPC jobs.
Verne Global, which took over a former NATO airbase and an Allied strategic forces command center outside of Keflavik, Iceland back in 2012 and converted it into a super-secure datacenter, is this week taking the …Read more
December 6, 2017 Paul Teich
Qualcomm launched its Centriq server system-on-chip (SoC) a few weeks ago. The event filled in Centriq’s tech specs and pricing, and disclosed a wide range of ecosystem partners and customers. I wrote about Samsung’s process and customer testimonials for Centriq elsewhere.
Although Qualcomm was launching its Centriq 2400 processor, instead of focusing on a bunch of reference design driven hardware partners, Qualcomm chose to focus its Centriq launch event on ecosystem development, with a strong emphasis on software workloads and partnerships. Because so much of today’s cloud workload mix is based on runtime environments – using containers, interpretive languages, …Read more
December 5, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The server race is really afoot now that IBM has finally gotten off the starting blocks with its first Power9 system, based on its “Nimbus” variant of that processor and turbocharged with the latest “Volta” Tesla GPU accelerators from Nvidia and EDR InfiniBand networks from Mellanox Technologies.
The machine launched today, known variously by the code-name “Witherspoon” or “Newell,” is the building block of the CORAL systems being deployed by the US Department of Energy – “Summit” at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and “Sierra” at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. But more importantly, the Witherspoon system represents a new foundation …Read more
December 4, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
It has been a long time coming, but hyperconverged storage pioneer Nutanix is finally letting go of hardware, shifting from being an a server-storage hybrid appliance maker to a company that sells software that provides hyperconverged functionality on whatever hardware large enterprises typically buy.
The move away from selling appliances was something that The Next Platform has been encouraging Nutanix to do to broaden its market appeal, but until the company reached a certain level of demand from customers, Nutanix had to restrict its hardware support matrix so it could affordably put a server-storage stack in the field and not …Read more
December 1, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The slowdown in server sales ahead of Intel’s July launch of the “Skylake” Xeon SP was real, and if the figures from the third quarter of this year are any guide, then it looks like that slump is over. Plenty of customers wanted the shiny new Skylake gear, and we think a fair number of them also wanted to buy older-generation “Broadwell” Xeons and the “Grantley” server platform given the premium that Intel is charging for Skylake processors and their “Purley” platform.
Server makers with older Broadwell machinery in the barn were no doubt happy to oblige customers and clear …Read more
November 30, 2017 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Generally speaking, the world’s largest chip makers have been pretty secretive about the giant supercomputers they use to design and test their devices, although occasionally, Intel and AMD have provided some insight into their clusters.
We have no idea what kind of resources Nvidia has for its EDA systems – we are trying to get some insight into that – but we do know that it has just upgraded a very powerful supercomputer to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence that is also doing double duty on some aspects of its chip design business.
As part of …Read more
November 30, 2017 David Flynn
If thinking of NFS v4 puts a bad taste in your mouth, you are not alone. Or wrong. NFS v4.0 and v4.1 have had some valid, well-documented growing pains that include limited bandwidth and scalability. These issues were a result of a failure to properly address performance issues in the v4.0 release.
File systems are the framework upon which the entire house is built, so these performance issues were not trivial problems for us in IT. Thanks to the dedication of the NFS developer community, NFS v4.2 solves the problems of v4.0 and v4.1 and also introduces a host of …Read more