Sunday, February 21, 2010

SGI accelerates the cloud

So SGI/Rackable have launched a cloud service with technical HPC focus: Cyclone

The really interesting bit is that the multiple server types they offer are differentiated by more than the traditional two axes - CPU & memory. They offer hybrid nodes with GPU or Tilera accelerators.

Presumably they are either solving some thorny user-multiplexing issues, or are resolving whole machine instances for each user. Tough choice.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Acorn vs Apple

I find it amusing that Apple's new iPad uses a chip christened the A4, considering they released the Newton right around the time that Acorn released the Acorn A4 laptop...

History [pdf!]