Hey, cool beans! My friend Chris Maresca is giving a talk at the Enterprise Linux Forum in a couple weeks in Boston. If you're into Linux and in Boston, you should definitely check it out. It looks good and Chris' talk should be really interesting:
High-Performance End-to-End Computing Using Linux
This presentation addresses the use of Open Source software at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), which is charged with the study and forecast of ï¿½ocean weatherï¿½ (e.g. sea surface and below) for the U.S. Navy. NAVOCEANO is an intensive user of high-end computing power, with a one petabyte (1000 terabytes) data warehouse, three world-class supercomputers on-site and a large number of field data collection systems, some of which collect 300Gb of data per run. All of the collected and historical data is processed, often in real-time, to produce summary and forecast data used by the US Navy and other government agencies. Field collection platforms and other data processing systems that have recently been moved to a Linux software platform have seen dramatic cost savings of up to 90%. In this talk, Olliance, a strategic consultancy working with the Navy, describes why Open Source was chosen, how it is used, its benefits and ROI estimates, as well as development and operational advantages. The speaker will present recommendations for the use of Open Source in high-performance environments and generalize the findings for a business audience.
Chris is a smart guy who knows what he's talking about. Check it out if you can.