When Will SSD Have Same Price as HDD:

The retail price for 256GB and 512GB SSDs has been dropping at a linear rate since 2010. In comparison, HDD pricing and new technology introductions have been stagnant. The HDD industry’s highest capacity in a 2.5″ 2-disk configuration has been the same 1TB for the last 3+ years. If SSD pricing continued to fall at the same rate, then mathematically SSDs would match HDD pricing by mid to late 2013; however, a recent up-tick in SSD pricing […] is expected to delay the intercept into 2014 or beyond.

Exciting news… but as with all predictions, this one is hard to get right, and as the prices of the two kinds of HD come closer, there will be new factors influencing the pricing that aren’t relevant to today’s curves. That said – I’m looking forward to SSD being cheap!

How ICIJ’s Project Team Analyzed the Offshore Files:

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ exploration of the secretive world of offshore companies and trusts began after a computer hard drive packed with corporate data and personal information and e-mails arrived in the mail.

Interesting case of large scale data analysis in a volunteer organization

Meet DSSD, Andy Bechtolsheim’s secret chip startup for big data:

My sources tell me the startup is building a new type of chip — they said it’s really a module, not a chip — that combines a small amount of processing power with a lot of densely-packed memory. The module runs a pared-down version of Linux designed for storing information on flash memory, and is aimed at big data and other workloads where reading and writing information to disk bogs down the application.

Following up on last month’s speculation on DSSD. They know how to build the hype!

The Consistency Alphabet Soup:

It seems that newcomers to distributed systems are often confused by the various definitions of the C-word. I want to go over them to draw a distinction that is often overlooked, without getting into the tired old arguments around eventual consistency. Specifically, I want to expand on the distinction between properties of a data store and the properties of applications built on top.

The C in CAP, the C in ACID and the C People Care About Are Not the Same.

First time I read such a clear write-up of the consistency differences.

Samsung and Mozilla collaborating on ‘next generation’ Android browser engine:

Mozilla and Samsung have announced a partnership to build a new web browser engine for ARM devices and Android, Servo. Mozilla says the new engine will take advantage of “tomorrow’s faster, multi-core” computing architectures, casting aside “old assumptions” about how a browser engine should work.

And Google Forks WebKit As Blink Rendering Engine:

Blink is to be an open-source rendering engine that will in time deviate from WebKit. Key goals with Blink include performance and simplicity. Google also believes this fork and more rendering engines will spur further innovations than most everyone relying upon WebKit. Google’s routine fighting with Apple is also likely another reason for parting ways with upstream WebKit.

Wow – quite some announcements at the same day!

Problem Management Screws Up Our Metrics!:

“Perhaps Problem Management is such as challenge due to the fact that we have lost sight of the forest by focusing on the daily grind of managing trees! Or perhaps a more accurate statement is that we don’t have a forest or trees problem at all. What we have is a bark problem – we are far too close to the technology issues to even envision that we have a problem.

Back to ITIL and Problem Management for a moment…

Tableau Files For IPO As Strong Run For Business Software Companies Continues:

Tableau Software is set to hold its initial public offering, according to an S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, continuing a strong period of market debuts for enterprise software companies. The data visualization company is the latest business software firm to test the waters of the public market, following the likes of Splunk, which debuted last April, and Workday, whose stock has more than doubled its $28 October IPO price.  Tableau plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DATA.” Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are the lead underwriters for the deal.


How Samsung Became the World’s No. 1 Smartphone Maker:

Samsung is having a moment. It’s dominant in TVs and sells a lot of washing machines, but it’s smartphones that made Samsung as recognizable a presence around the world as Walt Disney and Toyota Motor. If Samsung isn’t yet as lustrous a brand as Apple, it’s finding success as the anti-Apple—Galaxy smartphones outsell iPhones. And Samsung is probably the only other company that can throw a product introduction and have people line up around a city block, as they did in New York City on March 14 for the launch of the Galaxy S 4. That never used to happen when Samsung unveiled a refrigerator—although the kimchi-specific models made for the Korean market are really quite impressive.

That’s about how much you have to know about Samsung.

End of the road for Roadrunner:

LOS ALAMOS, N. M., March 29, 2013—Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break the once-elusive petaflop barrier—one million billion calculations per second—will be decommissioned on Sunday, March 31.

Found via World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled:

Five years ago, an IBM-built supercomputer designed to model the decay of the US nuclear weapons arsenal was clocked at speeds no computer in the history of Earth had ever reached. At more than one quadrillion floating point operations per second (that’s a million billion, or a “petaflop”), the aptly-named Roadrunner was so far ahead of the competition that it earned the #1 slot on the Top 500 supercomputer list in June 2008, November 2008, and one last time in June 2009.

Today, that computer has been declared obsolete and it’s being taken offline. Based at the US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Roadrunner will be studied for a while and then ultimately dismantled. While the computer is still one of the 22 fastest in the world, it isn’t energy-efficient enough to make the power bill worth it.

That’s where we are now – energy efficiency is more important than raw power. The world’s 22nd fastest computer is being shut down because it’s eating too much electricity!

Mumps: the proto-database (or how to build your own NoSQL database):

I think that one of the problems with Mumps as a database technology, and something that many people don’t like about the Mumps database is that it is a very basic and low-level engine, without any of the frills and value-added things that people expect from a database these days.

Interesting, these guys have been around for decades, yet (almost) nobody is using them as foundation for their own NoSQL store? Maybe here’s why –A Case of the MUMPS:

You may not realize it, but the majority of us developers have been living a sheltered professional life. Sure, we’ve got that living disaster of a C++ application and that ridiculous interface between PHP and COBOL written by the boss, but I can assure you, that all pales in comparison to what many, less fortunate programmers have to work with each day. These programmers remain mostly forgotten, toiling away at a dead-end career maintaining ancient information systems whose ridiculously shoddy architecture is surpassed only by the tools used to create it. Bryan H lived in such a world for over two years. Specifically, he worked at a “MUMPS shop.”

Via myNoSQL.