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My Name is Brian and I Build Supercomputers in My Spare Time

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The NUCs run Ubuntu server and are storage hosts and the primary interface to the external world. The system has 8x Parallella boards and a shared gigabit Ethernet switch, giving a peak performance of around 208 GFLOPs.

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Ubuntu beats Microsoft & Red Hat in OpenStack OS race

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OpenStack has been in the news a lot... well, we have just had the OpenStack summit in Atlanta after all.

Many say that the "problem" with OpenStack is that it is still regarded as a "moving target" and work in progress, augmenting and updating as it does twice a year.

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IBM Opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing

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Linux server demand is rising due to demand from cloud infrastructure deployments, according to IDC, and is expected to continue to grow in the future. In the first quarter of 2014, Linux server revenue accounted for 30 percent of overall server revenue, an increase of 15.4 percent, IDC said.[1] IBM has supported development of Linux on System z for more than a decade, and today there are over 3,000 certified applications for Linux on System z. In addition, IBM is supporting the development of skills to take advantage of these applications through the IBM Academic Initiative.

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Linux 3.16 Supports ARM Suspend/Resume With ARM

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The first pull request for the Xen virtualization updates for the Linux 3.16 kernel have now been submitted.

David Vrabel sent in the early Xen features and fixes this morning for the Linux 3.16 merge window. Most prominently to Xen in Linux 3.16 are ARM architecture improvements. In particular, there's now ARM suspend/resume support and ARM multi-call support.

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SAP: Put a little more HANA in your Red Hat

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Two of the bigger names in enterprise software, Red Hat and SAP, are preparing to expand their ongoing collaboration, with the former having its platform certified to run the latter's software.

The plan is to offer the SAP HANA in-memory database system running on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) "via SAP-certified hardware appliances from partners," according to Red Hat. Purchasing one of these appliances means the end-user receives support from both Red Hat and SAP for the resulting product...

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32-bit Enterprise Linux Still Matters

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I've done a lot of support of government servers and they run for about forever, as in until they serve no further use. Even retired, old servers are often repurposed and put back into service due to budget restrictions and/or long lead times to order new equipment under the required procedures for government procurement. In the United States this is especially true at the state level. When a server is repurposed it is usually reloaded with the current enterprise standard Linux distrubution release and applications, not legacy releases. That's one common use case.

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Linux Video of the Week: 40-Node Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

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Guill, a recent graduate of the masters in computer science and electrical engineering program at the University of Texas in Dallas, built the 40-node Raspberry Pi cluster for distributed software testing. In addition to a list of technical requirements, Guill wrote that he also wanted it to be “visually pleasing.”

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Canonical Designers Work on Mobile-Friendly Ubuntu Cloud Tool

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Canonical wants to make it as easy to manage Ubuntu-powered clouds from your smartphone as from a traditional PC. That's the goal behind a new mobile-friendly interface for browsing open source Juju charms that Canonical's design team outlined recently.

Juju is an open source cloud orchestration platform created by Canonical, which means it allows users to deploy apps or services within public or private clouds in a few simple clicks. Pre-configured recipes for launching those services, which Canonical calls charms, are an important component of Juju.

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Nginx passes Apache as Web server of choice among top sites

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According to W3Techs' figures, Nginx runs 38.8 percent of the top 1,000 sites, with Apache Httpd running 33.7 percent and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) running 9.2 percent. The overall rankings still put Apache at the top, though, with 60.5 percent of all known sites running Apache and only 20.7 percent running Nginx. But the closer one gets to the top of Alexa's rankings, the greater the odds the site in question is running Nginx.

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IBM Bets Big On Power 8

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When industry analysts and research firms have been reporting that the future of proprietary UNIX is bleak, IBM has announced investment of $2 billion in their RISC-based Power platform launching new Power systems based on the Power 8 processors.

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IBM is also betting heavily on Linux. Apart from IBM Power Linux, Redhat and Suse, the Power 8 platform supports Ubuntu and Debian. It supports the byte order format little-endian popular in x86 platforms, which makes it easier for developers to port applications from x86 to Power 8.

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  • Google: HTML is Faster, Safer, and More Power Efficient Than Adobe's Flash
    After Adobe's big announcement this morning that they plan to end support for Flash in late 2020, Google Chrome's Anthony Laforge published a blog article asking Flash developers to start transitioning to HTML. For a long time, Google shipped its Chrome web browser built-in with Flash support, but it now looks like Chrome will slowly start blocking Flash content, require explicit permission from users, until upstream support is terminated three years from now, at the end of 2020. Google, like anyone else on this planet, believe HTML is faster, safer, and more power efficient than Flash, without a doubt.
  • Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say
     

    For many, though, Flash was simply seen at least as a nuisance, and at worst a serious security risk.   

     

    Flash-based exploits have circulated for years, in a game of cat-and-mouse between hackers and Adobe itself. Apple's Steve Jobs famously banned Flash from the iPhone, claiming that Flash hurt battery life and also was a security risk. [...]

  • Adobe Flash is dead (well, nearly)
     

    Tech firms have long been hammering nail's into its coffin, too, and back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously penned a letter that called for the demise of Adobe Flash in favour of a shift to open web standards.

  • The end of Flash

FreeBSD 11.1 Released

  • FreeBSD 11.1 Operating System Debuts to Support 2nd Generation Microsoft Hyper-V
    The FreeBSD Project announced today the release and immediate availability of the first incremental update to the FreeBSD 11 operating system series, FreeBSD 11.1. It's been more than nine months since FreeBSD 11 was released as the latest and most advanced version of the widely-used and most popular BSD operating system on the market, and now, FreeBSD 11.1 is here with a bunch of new features across multiple components, as well as all the latest security and bug fixes.
  • FreeBSD 11.1 Debuts With LLVM/Clang 4, ZFS Improvements
    FreeBSD 11.1 is now available as the first point release to FreeBSD 11.
  • FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE Announcement
    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/11 branch.