Cloud Computing and the Entertainment Industry

Recent weeks have seen the words “Cloud Computing” and “Entertainment Industry” merge into one thanks to companies such as Amazon, Apple, NetFlix, etc.  touting their abilities to deliver entertainment via the Cloud.  Companies such as Savtira Corporation offer them a platform to deliver it if they don’t have in-house.  It was a race to get there…and now that we are there, we discover that the race is only beginning.  Those of us who provide Cloud technologies know that this is nothing new, but to the general public, the word “Cloud” means something new.  For the purposes of level-setting, let me define Cloud computing a bit for those who don’t understand fully what it is. Continue reading “Cloud Computing and the Entertainment Industry”

Waiting for the Software to Catch Up

I can’t tell you how many times I have spoken to my customers wanting to migrate to a new technology such as GPGPU computing for rendering applications, or those interested in ARM servers for the reduced power consumption that they offer. Many are waiting…but not on the hardware. Dell offers GPGPU computing solutions in our c410x product in the PowerEdge C line from Dell DCS, and in the m610x blade which is a part of the M1000 Blade Chassis. With the release of the c5000 series also from Dell DCS we’ll have a compelling story around low-power Microservers to meet the requirements of companies seeking that technology using low power AMD and Intel processors. But when it comes what you can do with GPGPU computing, the limiting factor for many is the application stack they want to use. In many cases the customers I talk to are ready to move to GPU computing, they can’t. Not yet. Continue reading “Waiting for the Software to Catch Up”

CPU vs GPU. What’s the difference?

I remember the days of the Six Million Dollar Man.  “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.”  It’s much the same in High Performance Computing.  Better, stronger…faster.  Enter the GPGPU computing era.

Tomorrow I am going to tell you about a revolutionary product from Dell Data Center Solutions called the c410x which uses the nVidia Tesla 2050 and 2070 cards to take computing to a whole new level to achieve much better results in a faction of the time traditional computing would take. For now, enjoy the Mythbusters educating us all in a way only they can.