[Beowulf] SiCortex experience anyone?
landman at scalableinformatics.com
Tue May 27 16:52:31 EDT 2008
Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 04:12:35PM -0400, Joe Landman wrote:
>> For them to be successful, they need customers to buy machines, which
>> usually means getting commercial codes onto them.
> I think you're looking through the lens of your customer base. A large
> number of clusters never run commercial codes, and some commercial
True. They tend to be low margin commodity clusters that are very hard
to support "value added" companies atop though.
> codes come with source. So the addressable market is still pretty big.
Well... the TAM is "large" in some sense, but the margins in the
academic/research market are nothing to write home about. It is hard to
build a (venture backed) company servicing those markets.
>> Orion never really hit the critical mass it needed to convince major
>> ISVs to buy into it
> Orion had poor price/performance. ISVs were a symptom, not a cause.
I agree they had poor price performance. ISVs always (have to) ask the
question: "how will this help me increase my revenue". If the vendor
can't answer that, or doesn't have a good answer for this ("our hardware
is cool/purple" is not an answer) expect to be met with skepticism about
I wasn't implying that ISVs were the cause of their demise. I was
implying that they couldn't build a convincing case for them to get on
> -- greg
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