There was an excellent article in the May issue of Wired that really hit home for me, The Lost Tribes of RadioShack: Tinkerers Search for New Spiritual Home. It’s about the re-branding of Radio Shack from a “temple of transistors, parts, and cables”, to a purveyor of all things digital and disposable. Radio Shack has had to make some changes to stay profitable in today’s market.
Here are some of the quotes in the article that brought back some vivid memories of the frequent trips I made to RadioShack as a tinkering youth:
Some people say RadioShack is just a store … But to me it was an idea — a learning and resource center that really shaped people’s lives. Read the rest of this entry »
I was reading in a recent ACM journal a few days ago, and I came across an article entitled In Search of a Natural Gesture. The article explores human input/output methods and devices for computing systems, and I noticed some indirect comparisons to HPC. This quote caught my attention:
The average consumer’s demand for more powerful technology has simply not kept up with the exponentially increasing supply. Some have referred to this stall in performance demand as the era of “good enough computing.” Read the rest of this entry »
Adding resiliency to your job scheduler can make a real difference in the overall reliability of your cluster. With shared memory systems, a single hardware failure can bring your entire system down causing a restart of all jobs. Single hardware failures in a cluster though will usually effect only a single job…. unless the failure occurs in the hardware running your scheduler! If you lose the job scheduling state, a complete restart of all jobs might also be necessary. Take a look at my suggestions for building resiliency into your job scheduler. Let me know what you think below!
What You Should Know about Power and Performance Efficiency
I contributed to this article for the May/June issue. Let me know what you think about the article, including the comments from others in the HPC industry.