Ah yes, but the Pis are only toys, whereas as the Snowcone is a real man's computer [/s]
AWS sent edgy appliance to the ISS and it worked – just like all the other computers up there
Amazon Web Services has proudly revealed that the first completely private expedition to the International Space Station carried one of its Snowcone storage appliances, and that the device worked as advertised. The Snowcone is a rugged shoebox-sized unit packed full of disk drives – specifically 14 terabytes of solid-state …
Friday 24th June 2022 09:30 GMT big_D
Snowcone works like... All remote systems in history?
Back in the 80s, I worked for an oil exploration company. They had VAXes installed on their ship to do the on-site data collection and initial processing. The tapes (a few hundred per square kilometer) were then sent back to the data centre for processing on the VAX cluster, where geophysicists would look at the results, write FORTRAN routines to clean them up, then print out hi-res plots for their customers (2400dpi laser plotter, which had its own Olivetti mini-computer as a print server).
The 14TB of SSD storage is an improvement over reel-to-reel tapes (the warehouse near-by had over 1,000,000 tapes in off-site storage, with several thousand on-site).
Friday 24th June 2022 10:01 GMT Lis
Friday 24th June 2022 11:00 GMT Eclectic Man
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Sunday 26th June 2022 05:35 GMT telveer
I am amused by the responses from Raspberry and AWS fanbois! It's ridiculous to compare Raspberry Pi to AWS Snowcone. Both are great devices but AWS Snowcone was specifically developed to be shipped to remote locations, where large amounts of data can be collected and even transformed a bit. The unit can be shipped back to AWS, where the full power of AWS cloud services (Sagemaker, EMR and a variety of AI/ML and data crunching tools) can be unleashed on the collected data