Wide Finder, Stacks of Lamps, and Virtualization

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Sun’s Tim Bray has kicked off an interesting cross-blog conversation recently. He calls it the Wide Finder Project, and the basic issue is this: we’re moving toward a future of dealing with many CPUs with many cores but with (relatively) low clock rates. What are the interesting computer science and software development challenges this raises? Read more...

A virtualization koan: redshift or blueshift?

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A student asked a zen master "What is the value of virtualization — redshift or blueshift?" The zen master answered "Mu." Ben Rockwood at Joyent: I was asked to co-present with an engineer from Sun at an upcoming conference in October. I asked him to do his slides and then shoot me over the presentation Read more...

Will Microsoft sunset VMware?

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Massimo re Ferre’ with a long think-piece on VMware, Microsoft, market forces, value-add, and paradigm shifts in the data center: Will Microsoft sunset VMware? All his points are good, but I particularly like this one: Maniacally focused: you need to consider that for Microsoft this is one of the many battle-grounds. Windows Virtualization is a Read more...

New York Times: licensing, OS lock-in, and, yes, competition

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From the Saturday, February 24, 2007 edition of the New York Times, A Software Maker Goes Up Against Microsoft. As the title implies, the story hook is competition between VMware and Microsoft. But the real issues are how customers are affected by hypervisor lock-in and licensing limits. In a meeting with corporate customers in New Read more...