I’m very happy to see a new crop of hardware vendors popping up that are doing new things. Companies like SiCortex and Liquid Computing. Mind you I’m not assessing the technology (yet: but I do have in depth assessments of these offerings in the works), I’m just glad that somebody out there is doing more than the regular old stuff. If there’s one thing we need in HPC these days, it’s some new thinking.
A feature that I do think is interesting about the Liquid Computing offering is the engineering they’ve invested to allow the system to be sliced up. The processors can be decoupled from memory, networking, and the I/O system.
So, for example, rather than bandwidth being given to the first packet that shows up, processes and processors can be assigned priorities that determine who gets resources and in what order.