[Beowulf] Repenting for sins against Dell (on good Friday, no less)

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Apr 10 07:53:36 PDT 2009

On Fri, 10 Apr 2009, Prentice Bisbal wrote:

> While we're all repenting for our sins against Dell on this Good Friday,
> I'd like to add that Dell's DKMS (Dynamics Kernel Management System) is
> great:
> http://linux.dell.com/projects.shtml#dkms
> I understand Jeff is relatively new to Dell. Maybe in the future we'll
> see his influence improve Dell's clustering situation.

I'm sure that he will!  And Linux in general.  This is potentially a
brilliant move on Dell's part.  If they set up their own private yum/RPM
repository set and preinstall linux with auto-update and a dell.repo for
device drivers, special kernels, a pretty GUI tool that lets dumb-dumb
new clients shop for free applications and games, and maybe actually
build a way for customers to buy proprietary linux apps (e.g. games) via
authenticated/keyed access to yum repos, he could singlehandedly create
a serious userland linux market.

Cut a deal with vmware on the side, add full out-of-the-box lin/win
experience, perhaps even make that STANDARD -- Lin on top with open
office, firefox and more, vmware, then firewalled xppro, all distributed
via yum and he could take the office desktop by storm.  Secure windows
-- run from inside linux!

Oh, he could do so many, so good things...

Go Jeff!


> Douglas Eadline wrote:
>> And it is good to see a company support Jeff's contributions.
>> For those that don't know, Jeff has in the past been a
>> BIG contributor to ClusterMonkey.net (he still is by the way).
>> He has written articles on parallel file systems and interconnects
>> that have a  depth and completeness that is often lacking in many
>> other venues.
>> --
>> Doug
>> For the purpose of full discolsure, I run ClusterMonkey.net,
>> an open HPC community web site. Assistance always welcome :)
>>> Kilian CAVALOTTI wrote:
>>>> On Wednesday 08 April 2009 19:48:30 Joe Landman wrote:
>>>>> As an FYI, Beowulf veteran Jeff Layton wrote up a nice article on
>>>>> memory
>>>>> configuration issues for Nehalem (I had seen some discussion on this
>>>>> previously).
>>>>> Link is here:
>>>>> http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/04-08-2009+-+Nehalem+and+Memory+Configur
>>>>> ations
>>>> That's a great write-up, gathering all the useful information in one
>>>> place. A
>>>> must read. Thanks Jeff!
>>> I thought it would be a good counterpoint to some of the other list
>>> traffic we'd seen on Dell.  Jeff, and by association, Dell, contributes
>>> significantly to the HPC community.  Good guy to know.  May not be able
>>> to solve the sales issues on the Dell side, but he is a good source of
>>> information, ideas and advice.
> -- 
> Prentice
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