Podcast: Clustercorp Turns up the Volume on Rocks with New Round of Funding

In this podcast, I interview Clustercorp’s newest employees: Mason Katz, CTO, and Greg Bruno, VP of Engineering. As key developers of the Rocks open source software, Bruno and Katz came over to Clustercorp last week to bolster the commercial version of Rocks.

As announced this morning, Clustercorp has just completed its first round of institutional funding, which it will use to scale development and accelerate its successful entry into the cloud management space.

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In this time-lapse video from SC2003, SDSC builds a live, 128-node Rocks cluster in the Sun booth in approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Slidecast: Cycle Cloud HPC Clusters – 10,000 Cores in 45 Minutes

In this slidecast, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe describes how the company provisioned a 10,000-core, top 114-equivalent supercomputer utilizing its CycleCloud service.

Since 2005, Cycle has helped clients maximize the world’s compute resources through its reliable, secure and elastic high performance computing (HPC) solutions, both internally and in the cloud. CycleCloud massively scaled up client resources to perform hundreds of thousands of computational tests in a matter of eight hours. Once the results were produced, the customer could just “turn off” those resources with no further charges. Additionally, the 10,000-core cluster was run on a cost of only $1,060/hour. Leveraging CycleCloud and Cycle’s HPC proficiency delivered these stats:

  • Infrastructure: 1250 instances with 8-core / 7-GB RAM
  • Cluster Size: 10,000 cores, 8.75 TB RAM, 2 PB of disk space total
  • Scale: Comparable to #114 of Top 500 Supercomputer list
  • Security: Engineered with HTTPS & 128/256-bit AES encryption

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Video: Real-Status Starts Up with 3D Visualization for IT Infrastructure

In this video, Real Status co-founder & CTO Stace Hipperson demonstrates HyperGlance, a software package that uses sophisticated graphics and modelling techniques to create real-time models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D and overlays performance and business metrics.

While HyperGlance currently gathers data from VMWare’s API, since the program is data-driven, the same techniques could be used to monitor large HPC clusters running MPI.

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Video: HandStand Puts iPad in the Palm of Your Hand

In this video, I interview Jamie Smith, creator of the HandStand, an iPad accessory that makes it easy to hold and display presentations and other apps on the iPad. Applications for the HandStand include datacenter monitoring, system control, and remote system administration. And as we can see in the video with BAE’s Steve Finn below, iPads can even be used to work remotely with a 20,000-processor Altix ICE system.

Learn more at theHandStand.com

How All Tech Product Pitches Sound the Same

The Cranky Product Manager laments on fact that most product pitches sound the same:

A grinder is at work at almost every B2B software company. A soul-crushing process that pulverizes the unique, complex, and interesting, into gruel-like messaging that the industry’s lowest common denominator (and by LCD, the Cranky PM means the PR people) find acceptable and almost understandable.

Read the Full Story or check out this parody video I made some years ago at Sun Microsystems.

Video: DailyPath Startup Can Teach You Just About Anything

In this video, Ryan Waggoner, cofounder of DailyPath, talks about the innovative way they are making online learning easier for everyone.

DailyPath is a community of people learning and accomplishing new things together. Pick your Path, subscribe in 10 seconds, and get a short, actionable lesson in your inbox every day for two weeks.

A tip of the hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this video.

Video: Extreme Retrailers Brings Your Store to the Crowds

In this video, Rich Brueckner of inside-STARTUPS.com interviews Julia Hutton, founder and CEO of Extreme Retailers. The company builds custom mobile retail stores. Learn more at ExtremeRetrailers.com.

ExTreme ReTrailers offers packages that include a trailer, build out (no mistakes) including generator (solar is even an option) which runs enticing LED lights at night, air conditioning and space heater, music system and Tv if desired and interior design for whatever niche (lingerie, western, childrens clothes, charitable fund raising – the sky is the limit literally). ExTreme ReTrailers packages may include marketing assistance, finding the right locations, vendors fees, permits, etc.

Be your own boss! We are here to help IF you ask for it!

Extreme Retrailers looks to me like a solid business opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to do retail with lower risk. See you at the shows!