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BladeSystem Supercomputers

The latest Top 500 supercomputer list just got released.  BladeSystem c-Class was well represented once again.  With 201 entries (40.2%) of the top 500, it has the most entries of any product line.  The ever popular ProLiant BL460c made up the most entries, but we also had strong showings of the BL465c and the two-in-one blade the BL2x220c, and the BL685c 4-way blade made a showing as well.  BladeSystem supercomputers are used for university and government research, weather modeling, semiconductor development, automotive, telecom, IT services, web infrastructure, financial services, rendering, and many other applications.  I'm sure Dell was excited with their new blades line as well.  Since they like to compare their blades with HP BladeSystem, I thought I would share how the two compared on the Top500 list:



  • HP BladeSystem had 199 more entries in the top 500 list than Dell's new blades

  • HP had 39.8% more share than Dell's new blades (40.2% vs. 0.4%)

  • HP had 100.5 times more entries than Dell's new blades

Dell's new blades accounted for two entries.  Congratulations Dell! 


Okay enough of these comparisons.  We're excited to see so many customers from Audi to Zeta and lots of customers in between using BladeSystem.  If you would like to see a listing of companies building supercomputers with BladeSystem, go check out the top 500 website listing and sort by vendor.

Clouds have ceilings! Who knew?

John Allspaw, Operations Engineer at Flickr posted a great presentation yesterday about the unique capacity planning and management needs of web operations. My favorite quip was, "Clouds need planning too". 


He argues that you must know with certainty your infrastructure ceilings - the preverbial "out of gas" signal where work starts to degrade or fail.  Forget benchmarks according to John. Instead, he offers a few "Stupid Capacity Tricks" (which are actually quite cleaver) to get rid of wandering bottlenecks and to keep the cloud running.



John has a lot more to say on the topic in his blog, the Kitchen Soap, so check him out.


Jason


PS: I have to also tip my hat to John for showing the big savings from replacing 26 Dell PE860 servers with 8 ProLiant DL140's.  Wait until he gets a load of the ProLiant BL2x220c 2-in-1 server blade!

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