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Paul Eberhart
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Hmmm. This offers a much, much less flattering explanation for why the big Chinese domestic computer systems are tending to stick with DDR3...
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We're way past time for that stupid boom to collapse.
On the side, they've alienated a great many of their HPC users with their license and library shenanigans.
Back to being a toy maker for nVidia.
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My photos from the exhibit floor at SC18 last week.

I'm adding notes to the pictures while I remember.

There really weren't any big surprises, but some notes:
* Big fuckin' NVME appliances have arrived.
* Off-Chassis PCI-E virtualization has arrived.
* People are talking about >200kW racks like that's a reasonable thing.
* AMD is back. Between Zen[2] (especially the EPYC parts) being a compelling platform, Intel being years late on their process rev and suffering from design shortcuts, and Nvidia pissing everyone off, AMD is having a good time.
* The single most compelling large machine design I saw on the floor was... Chinese. Sugon (export name for Dawning) has some really lovely sealed system phase change chassis.
* HP is using the brands of things they ate in decades past. Apollo boxes that don't run Domain/OS, SGI boxes that are not MIPS/IRIX machines... weird.
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Hm, this is a little earlier than I expected. Controlling their press view?
The modular updating is interesting, it should help with the extremely stale packages on LTS distros problem.
They are, notably, deprecating things I think are currently compelling (KDE, Btrfs), and going for more complicated and/or coercive alternatives (layering dm- modules over xfs, gnome3, etc.)
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While our research indicates that institutions are taking steps to invest more strategically in facilities resources, the vast majority continue to underestimate the renewal needs of deteriorating spaces while pushing high-risk investments into new facilities,”
University construction in a nutshell. New, shiny, and modern is easy to squeeze donors for and looks good in marketing materials and... Does a terrible job addressing the actual needs.
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New list is up, US has #1 and #2, on the same "spend more, build bigger, don't make any risky innovations" type design.
That's probably not sustainable.
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This is fun. A recent talk (for google internally?) by Rob Pike on his personal history of/with UNIX.
It, of course, focuses largely on UIs and especially editors, because it's Rob and that's what he does.

There are a few minutes of silence at the beginning, just skip past.
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Aw, look, schools are still punishing students who notice out their awful, awful IT systems and poke around by hyping up the kids' "evil hacker skills."
Brings back memories.
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