* Posts by Vikingforties

67 publicly visible posts • joined 26 May 2016


Broadcom ends easy elasticity for VMware Cloud on AWS



Some corporate Newspeak at its finest there.... "To continue delivering the best possible customer experience".

I remember going for "New Start" at BT years ago.... it was their euphemism for the redundancy program. Thankfully, I qualified for it :-D

Intel, Ampere show running LLMs on CPUs isn't as crazy as it sounds


Yep, https://github.com/AmpereComputingAI/llama.cpp

UK skies set for cheeky upgrade with hybrid airship


Re: Really???

Their Caboose.

Pragmatic Semiconductor opens UK's first 300mm wafer fab in Durham


Re: Nice trip hazard

Hi, there. I want to talk to you about ducts. Do your ducts seem old fashioned, out of date? Central Services' new duct designs are now available in hundreds of different colors to suit your individual tastes.

Central Services: We do the work, you do the pleasure.

Plans to heat districts with datacenters may prove too hot to handle


Re: Lies, damned lies and ....

Added to that, the inefficiency of some languages and libs. It's a winder anything productive gets done.


Lies, damned lies and ....

"Servers typically have a lifecycle of three to five years, and technology improvements generally reduce the overall heat they produce."

I suppose that's a correct statement per sum, but the number of sums being done is going up way faster than the energy required to do them is going down. Similar can be said for the power required to transport around the answers to those sums.

Boeing-backed air taxi upstart Wisk plans to fly you across town at UberX prices by 2030


Re: I don't wish to be picky, but...

Take a black light and then refuse to enter any taxi interiors that light up :)

Gaia-X project doesn't have a future, claims Nextcloud boss


Re: This quote summarizes it up perfectly:

Quote: Quite every European effort is just that...

"Every" is a strong word. Horizon (the EU one, not the UK Post Office debacle) for starters could be that odd thing - something useful that pretty much everyone wants.

Calculating Pi in the sky: Axiom Space plans to launch 'orbital datacenter'


I wonder

If you could mount spinning drives in different orientations and get them to act as gyros. It'd kill two birds with one stone. The size of disk you'd need would give plenty of storage space on the plus side.

Almost sounds like a scheme Daedalus and Dread Co would work on.

Your landlord should offer on-prem cloud, suggests immersed datacenter upstart


I think I prefer Qarnot's approach. Small, modular boilers using water cooling. Probably a lot fewer forms to fill in when they get installed.

Palantir bags £330M NHS data bonanza despite privacy fears


Quote inversion

Should we invert the famous quote about Americans occasionally attributed to Churchill.....

"The UK Govt / NHS governance can always be relied upon to do the wrong thing, after investigating all the right possibilities."

Datacenter would spoil beautiful view ... of former industrial waste dump


"One point seventy three jigowatts!" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

UK air traffic woes caused by 'invalid flight plan data'


If Only ...

.. your old company was free of similar technical SNAFUs while on your watch Willie, but a lot of us know different. And then had to suffer the hassle of what passes for BA's refund "system".

@El Reg, do you have an icon for pot and kettle?

UK voter data within reach of miscreants who hacked Electoral Commission


Electronic voting

Well, if there's any sense, this will put back electronic voting for at least a few years.

Japanese boffins slice semiconductors from diamonds – with lasers!


Are they forever?

As an ex geologist I must take issue with Shirley Bassey and inform the readership that Diamonds Are most certainly not Forever!

They evaporate under UV light and may only last a few billion years.

Too many bytes and not enough bricks for datacenters


Re: Underground

Immerse servers in fatbergs! Genius way to go for single phase liquid cooling.

I always thought we could combine data centres and local chippies with the servers heating the deep fat friers.


Qarnot in France.



Not forgetting the administration of feedback forms checking that you've had a good experience whilst viewing your cat video.

Oracle certifies its database for Arm architecture on-prem and in cloud


Re: Keep up at the back

More data stores to go at with Arm builds:

Cassandra, CouchDB, CrateDB, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, KeyDB, Postgres, Redis, Vault, CockroachDB, Apache Hadoop components......

How do you boost server efficiency? Buy new kit, keep it busy


Re: What type of workload on what type of servers?

Exactly! Would they not find the answer they needed to find if different architectures were included?


Re: at risk (OK certainty) of repeating myself

Talk to Qarnot.com in France. They can help out in your basement :-)

Taiwan's titans bullish on challengers to x86 in the datacenter and beyond


SBCs yes, although Armbian and other efforts are trying to help with standardisation.

When it comes to Aarch64 servers things are different. SBSA Server Base System Architecture and a bunch of associated efforts mean that you can boot into a regular UEFI/BIOS like AMI Aptio V, Tianocore EDK2, use management like OpenBMC, iLO, MegaRac and address it using ipmi etc.


It depends.

For the latter question - The answer, as always, is "It depends". Neoverse N / Ampere Altra Family / Graviton etc. get fast and, more importantly, efficient when the workloads are highly parallel or lots of small jobs from different sources/containers/VMs. They're aimed at the data centre where the calculation is made about performance per rack or indeed whether you can actually fill a rack without busting its power limit. Obviously, if you can only half fill your rack you might be doubling your floor space or colo rent - another cost. The TCO of a server is dominated by power consumption over a five year lifetime so performance per watt is important. While you might not be training an LLM on these processors, they'll happily take care of the 85% of data centre computing the rest of us need.

Neoverse V & N2 (I think) addresses the per thread performance by bringing SVE vector instructions, similar to what's available on x86 these days so that they can compete on per thread performance.

Rackspace datacenter infrastructure took 12-hour nap in London, Sydney, Hong Kong



Ampere heads off Intel, AMD's cloud-optimized CPUs with a 192-core Arm chip


The trouble is AMD didn't enable FP16 in their own ZenDNN library so it isn't possible to use FP16 on AMD Genoa.

Smuggler busted heading for China with dodgy GPUs … and live lobsters


Probably just a Deliveroo order for Scampi and Chips gone wrong.

Chinese defence boffins ponder microwaving Starlink satellites to stop surveillance


Maybe the Chinese could occupy the altitude band left by PARiS & LOHAN after The Reg failed to capitalise on your early successes?


Behold Big Tech's mightiest new innovations: Minecraft Crocs, recycled cubicles



I quite like my Crocs. I'm currently sporting a pair in a hue I like to call "Offensive Beige".

UK tax authority nudges net 'influencers': You may owe us for those OnlyFans feet pics


How much? How many?

Plus the way it reads "some 2.8 million UK influencers and content creators earned on average $146.86 and $113.19 per hour respectively" - That's a lot of money and people!

It prompted me to scratch my head and do some Radio4 More of Less style sleuthing.

The report actually says the base of people that Adobe surveyed who averaged $146 and $113 were (maybe) 259, not 2.8 million, which seems way more realistic.

"Base: Creators who monetize via social media US (n=196), UK (n=172)

Base: Influencers US (n=79), UK (n=87),"

Jellyfish watches for the sting of developer bottlenecks


Reaches for stock photo Jellyfish....

Oh dear, that appears to be mislabelled. Still, I'm sure the company won't mind being likened to a deadly poisonous siphonophore.

NASA, DARPA to go nuclear in hopes of putting boots on Mars

Thumb Up

Make reality more like Kerbal Space Program. Brilliant.

Bringing cakes into the office is killing your colleagues, says UK food watchdog boss


The cake is a lie!

Cave Johnson here.

When Aperture Science bakes we don't leave things to chance. We pack 23% more calories per calorie into our baked goods.

Try getting around that, humans! We're done.

Heata offers free hot water by mounting servers on people's water tanks


Close, but no cigar.

This kind of works but also doesn't when you get into the weeds.

I can get that Qarnot have a long term business case. Their 4kW units are often doubled up at commercial sites and concentrate a lot of compute sleds together. Almost like a mini data centre. They're going to be easy to renegotiate access to and much, much quicker to update hardware or maintain.

Heata have more of a one shot strategy. Those units are going to come to the end of their life in terms of the compute you can sell in a few years, maybe seven at a stretch. Then there's thousands of site visits to sort out with not a huge amount of financial benefit for each visit. Hopefully just the board & SoC inside changes not the whole chassis and heat transfer adapter. New owners house owners being confused could be an issue too.

I'm all for this kind of heat recovery, I just think that GleSYS community heat supply and Qarnot's commercial building heaters make more sense.

After long delays, Sapphire Rapids arrives, full of accelerators and superlatives


Re: Finland

This is what GleSYS actually do. Not in Finland but in Sweden.....


Very commendable and not easy to do. They need to match workload scheduling, pumping rates and heat demand.

China's Mars rover hibernates for a scarily long time


"Zhurongs don't make a right..."

Surely a pun worthy of the great Andy Zaltzman?

Citizen Coder? Happiness Concierge? Here come 2023's business cards


Qudos for mentioning 3D Monster Maze. Always the scariest game.

Elon Musk to step down as Twitter CEO: Help us pick his replacement


Nadine Dorries? Time on her hands these days and she really appeared to be in command of her brief at the UK department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports.

Graphcore makes China push with Mk2 AI chip amid financial woes


Whilst we have a government that appears not to know it's caboose from it's elbow when it comes to silicon tech strategy (e.g. Nexperia & Imagination before that), I wonder if Graphcore has popped up on their radar?

AWS intros homebrew Graviton CPU tuned for HPC, network stack tuned to updated Nitro system


AWS: Hey! We got a shiny! :-)

Readers: Go on then, tell us...

AWS: Shan't.

Readers mutter to themselves "What was the point of that?"

Worried about your datacenter carbon footprint? Why not put it in orbit?


Re: It's the only way to be sure

Wa wait wait, hold on!

That installation has a substantial dollar value attached to it.....


What are they smoking!

We've got countless useful things to be doing down here with the heat from DCs, all of which are a much smaller engineering challenge than lofting racks onto space.

Even low grade heat has it's used if the right planning, zoning and incentives can be put in place.

Plus when one of these renters the atmosphere what's happening to all the random element plasma that gets dumped in the upper atmosphere?

Intel plans to cut products — we guess where they’ll happen


Some gone already

As far as I can tell, one of Intel's more random ventures has gone already. Their Geospatial group appears to have joined the choir invisible.

Maybe it's just resting.

Government IT provider UKCloud goes into liquidation



Sad to hear.

I always treated Buy 'n Large as a warning of the future, not a goal.

Public cloud prices to surge in US and Europe next year


Re: On prem hosting

Bumping GleSYS onto this who've been pumping heat into Stockholm and Falkenstein water grids for years now.


Post-Brexit 'science superpower' UK still hasn't appointed a science minister


Headline to come...

Will the last person that leaves the UK please turn off the Diamond Light Source.

Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test


Ah but Solar Roadways(TM) could supply the power for the coils. Genius idea, because the cars float, they don't mash the solar panels in the roadways. Someone fetch me the back of an envelope!

How this Mars rover used its MOXIE to convert CO2 into precious oxygen


Re: Er, don't plants get their nitrogen

Lightning is an important generator of nitrogen that plants can consume too.

Underwater datacenter will open for business this year


Cap'n Pugwash

pr0n served from the high seas. It brings a whole new depth of meaning to the Captain Pugwash of urban legend.

Arm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed


Re: Wow

Summary of Qualcomm's response; "Yeah, you and who's Arm..y?"

Intel's Gelsinger talks up 'systems foundry' era of trillion-transistor chips


Re: Heating

That was Intel's question too. It's probably why they're putting $700 squagillion into finding out the answer.

I see a future where Data Centres send out their heavy workloads to Fish and Chip shops so that servers can heat the frying oil. Everyone's a winner in that scenario.