...if moving from one server to another is difficult for you in this day and age, you might need to think about your software practises.
IBM Cloud will lift and shift its GPU cluster from London to Frankfurt to avoid falling foul of GDPR post-Brexit. Big Blue slipped out the news in a Tuesday post that announced: “Watson Machine Learning will migrate the GPU cluster from London to Frankfurt to serve European Union clients due to General Data Protection …
"Perhaps it's a lack of imagination on your part if you can't envision a scenario where complex long-running operations on petabytes of data might be tricky to move."
Been there, done that - nine petabytes of data moved. Sure, it wasn't a standard deployment cycle, but it was a thing we were prepared and able to do.
But note that the article specifically said "Customers do not need to move their data".
I can (and do) imagine far worse problems!
Shutting down an arbitrary pipeline, no. Shutting down a pipeline designed for restart - and they should be, yes. And having worked on very substantial numerical codes in the past, I have seen and do know it can be done properly.
Again - anyone who had read the news would surely have made an effort to get this going bnefore now - or has this computationaly big been running for >3 years without modification?
or has this computationaly big been running for >3 years without modification?
Clearly you have no experience with academic code, as in software written by PhDs that have nothing to do with computer science but are Big Names in their chosen field (material science, for instance). Poorly written doesn't quite capture the spirit of the thing.
Icon 'cause some of them only code for Windows. On software intended for supercomputers.
Well, that is not strictly true. I was a PhD student once - working on numerical analysis problems and we checkpointed - toyou had to given the reliability! Later, moving to a technical organisation providing serices - "you better had bloody checkpoint" would have been in most people's minds. Still, 3 years, continuously, no changes to the code - that must be a small minority of codes.
Recall doing that on a machine that was old (built in 1956 or so) at the time (1971 or so) with long-running FORTRAN jobs. Yeah, checkpoint to cards was a PITA, but it beat restarting from scratch.
I imagine technology has advanced a bit since then (despite examples in recent memory :-)
The data already there... is already there.
Which is fine as long as absolutely no processing is performed on the data or the data does not include any data covered by the GDPR. It doesn't matter how or when the data gets there, it's the processing that matters (and data transfer is a process).
I assumed it meant they were going to organise moving the data instead.
Container full of storage on a lorry in London, ship it, at other end replay storage logs since it was cloned in London.
Depending how their storage is set up, this could be pretty trivial or pretty painful, but the basic logistics are not complicated, especially if customers move most of their workloads in advance if the shutoff.
Except AIUI the UK approach to these things as a member was:
A) sort of implement something that looks vaguely like the EU directive
B) get sued in CJEU
C) get told it isn’t compatible with EU law
D) GOTO A)
Which was sort of tolerated as a member, but based on history will not be tolerated from a third party state. This means that the UK won’t just have to pay lip service to implementing and enforcing GDPR compatible rules, it will actually have to do it!
"UK will be GDPR compliant as its UK law now and any amendments will probably be implemented too, to keep things simple with our so called EU partners/competitors/dictatorship"
I know you said 'to keep things simple' but we are talking about politicians. And while we have our politicians they have 27 countries of simpletons who managed to make a recession worse for their people by action. I am not sure anything could be simple enough to get through 27 countries of politicians all trying to agree on the location of their back orifice with a map and two hands.
Of course we knew that so voted leave
"Complete BS from IBM..."
The only complete BS came from the two Brexit campaigns and their supporters with their completely bogus claims that the UK would be transformed into a land of gold, jewels, riches, overflowing jobs and blue passports and that there would be no adverse consequences whatsoever from leaving the European Union.
IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR
I don't have the time or inclination to parse this garbage. Please write in English. UK: US, Australian or whatever - I don't mind.
Don't make it hard for people to understand what you're trying to say.
It's a flippant headline. The headline's there to make you click and read.
IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR ---> An IBM Watson-hosted GPU cluster is Brexit'ing from London to Frankfurt due to GDPR.
Brexit'ing being a made-up verb for something happening to do with Brexit.
Pleople seem to regard the EU as guardians of citizens privacy and they do seem to try very hard if somewhat in fee tally.
So if you are getting p**ded off with your browser gong ping notifying you of something you have no interest in every ten minutes, give thanks to the EUs efforts to protect you.
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