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HPC and HPDA, let's crunch data!

  • Written by Frank van der Wal

One of the things I always felt proud about at IBM were its High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities. In the 00's IBM was significantly present in that market and the BlueGene supercomputer was famous for it's sheer compute power. It was a very well designed system, for it's processor were only running at 700 MHz whereas the pack was running with processors at twice or more that speed. Still, couldn't keep up.

Despite the 'slow' processor, the BlueGene was in many occasions the fastest piece of hardware on the planet because the engineers understood that not only a fast processor was needed but to get data in and out was equally important.

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The gift that keeps on giving: Internet of Gifts

  • Written by Frank van der Wal

An addict, that's what I am. I better admit it... an addict! Some relief to shout it out loud...

It is not that I have trembling hands, starts drooling or get sweaty armpits every morning after not satisfying my addiction, but I do get restless every now and again.

And no, it's not alcohol I long for, it is no nicotine that my body needs, and, God forbid, no stronger stuff either, although I'm from Amsterdam... NO! it is, of course, the Internet of Things! That's what I'm hooked on (nice touch of words, Frank -- thank you very much!)

It is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. When starting my Electronics study way back, I dreamed about the 'things' one could do with transistors and other components. I had wild plans, invested money in tools and components, but my financial sources where drained pretty fast. 'Things' were way too expensive, even components were. I recall having to do many odd jobs to buy me a transistor (the BLY 89, to be precise) It cost about the equivalent of EUR 50. We are talking previous millennium here. I got my 'thing' to work with the transistor, but due to some silly manoeuvre on my side, I short-circuit it and it blew up after a bare 5 mins of joy...

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