Sun CEO: HPC Is Here to Stay

At the recent Web 2.0 Expo, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz said HPC is alive and well, noting that he sells Sun gear to newer Web 2.0 companies that ask for large multiprocessor systems to scale their businesses.
Schwartz also cast aside the idea that companies just want several one-way “pizza box” servers.
“All horizontal scale, ultimately, scales vertically,” he said.
To that end, Schwartz said that while the perception is that Internet-focused companies use those one-socket servers, their average node is a four-way platform, which carries a lot of computing power when running Sun’s eight-core UltraSPARC T1 and T2 chips.
“To me, that looks like a 32-way computer. And by the way, when you sit down and talk to folks at companies like Facebook, they start talking to you about high-performance computing to interpolate and interrogate the social graph, and they all of a sudden need terabit switching,” he said. “So I think we’re seeing a very interesting shift from how do we simply serve the Web to how do we run analytics against it.” Full Story


About Rich
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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