[Beowulf] Three notes from ISC 2006

Patrick Geoffray patrick at myri.com
Wed Jun 28 08:13:50 PDT 2006


Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> In short, this was appropriate (and interesting). We've all seen vendor 
> spam and disguised marketing and this does not rise anywhere close to 
> that level.

I disagree on the level. I use the rule that a vendor should never 
initiate a thread, only answer someone else question or correct 
stupidities. That prevents abuse.

Do you really want to know when I release new software, when I improve 
performance or when I have a new marketing material (actually, I don't 
have any) ? Really ? Be careful what you ask for, I don't think you'll 
like it when every vendors take this freedom. I agree this list has a 
high signal/noise ratio, mainly because it's moderated but also because 
vendors are usually careful. For example, Microsoft behaved very well 
when Windows Cluster got out, and Microsoft is usually at the extreme of 
the marketing spectrum :-)


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