SLAC Prepares for First Project Blackbox

Next week, a truck from Portland, Oregon will deliver a shipping container filled with 252 computing systems to boost SLAC’s scientific computing capacity by a third. Instead of unpacking it, Scientific Computing and Computing Services (SCCS) will move the entire 20-foot-long, 24,000-pound shipping container to a new concrete pad behind Building 50 and get ready to churn out results.
SLAC is beta testing the Blackbox, a mostly self-contained data center made by Sun Microsystems to quickly deliver computing power. Sun plans to announce the product this summer. In the meantime, SLAC is the first customer to get one. Full Story


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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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