Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Look at the Xennet Free-Market Cloud

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Xennet initiative, a “public, distributed, and decentralized Supercomputer.”

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Monday, August 18, 2014

The New TPCx-HS Benchmark for Big Data

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the new TPCx-HS benchmark for Big Data. Designed to asses a broad range of system topologies and implementation methodologies, TPCx-HS is the industry’s first objective specification enabling measurement of both hardware and software including Hadoop Runtime, Hadoop Filesystem API compatible systems and MapReduce layers.

The TPCx-HS benchmark specification is now available online. You can also check out a slidecast on the new benchmark presented by Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the TPCx-HS committee.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Moving Processing out to the Network

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the concept of offloading computation to networked devices such a storage controllers. During a recent Analyst Call with Dan Olds, Mellanox described this technology as potential growth area. Henry wants to more about the interface to such and environment before he renders an opinion, while Rich notes that the companies like Solarflare have been doing this at the NIC level for level for several years now.