Deep Learning with DriveScale

I had the privilege of attending the DellEMC HPC Community meeting prior to the SuperComputing ’17 conference.  There was a lot of discussion of Deep Learning as a rapidly growing workload of concern to almost every enterprise.  The meeting was topped off by the announcement of the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140,  a server designed specificallyContinue Reading

Business benefits of a Software Composable Infrastructure

Introduction Software Composable Infrastructure is the next evolution in data center computing infrastructure that is designed to disaggregate hardware components and subsequently combine these disparate elements in an intelligent manner, based on real-time demands. In this new paradigm, compute, storage and fabric are fluid resources and software is used to combine or “compose” them intoContinue Reading

Of Pets, Cattle, and Cabbage!

N.B. This is  the text of a position paper I submitted to the 17th International Workshop on High Performance Transaction Systems. In the past 10 years or so, Ethernet link and switching bandwidth improvement has been improving at a rate greater than expected from Moore’s Law. This year 100Gbps NICs & switches are commonly available,Continue Reading

Composable Infrastructure Meets Commodity Hardware

Gordon Grosse of MCSA has recently written an excellent article on Composable Infrastructure (CI). He lays out the evolution of data center technology from traditional to converged to hyper-converged to composable. At DriveScale we very much agree with his reasoning. However, probably in an effort to remain vendor neutral, Gordon doesn’t touch on the actual  hardware requirements of theseContinue Reading

DataWorks Summit ReCap

The conference formerly known as Hadoop Summit, DataWorks Summit,  just happened June 13-15,2017 in San Jose, CA. .  Lots of big take-aways; here are my faves. The conference had a bunch more attendees this year, but the number of exhibitors was down. Nevertheless,  the traffic at the DriveScale booth was high quality, and not just there for the swag.Continue Reading

Right-Sizing Your Big Data Infrastructure

Last month at the Strata-Hadoop conference I was privileged to give a presentation in the Solutions Showcase Theater. I spoke about right-sizing your big data infrastructure – how DriveScale can help you achieve the right compute-to-storage ratios and can consolidate various clusters into a single efficient pool of resources. The video of that talk is down below. IfContinue Reading