Aug 31, 2006


There are some things in life, which keeps us motivated and keep going in what we are doing...for me, watching/listening to these great people who changed the world motivates to work even harder and keep going...

I love history and especially "computer history" is very near & dear to my heart...
I have watched Woz's interviews in the video cassettes(from santa clara city library) and many other videos...

Here is the latest one, thanks to Stanford/Always-on to make this video available online.
Here is the URL, check it out: Steve Wozniak sharing his thoughts

I am sure you will love it.

Aug 16, 2006

"Google will set up a server farm in India"

I put the quotation mark in the title to indicate that its NOT my title...It's a news here .

This is interesting...building server farms is something I never know of in India during my times...may be it's all changed and have now better infrastructure available...

This is the second time, I am hearing about setting up server farms by silicon valley companies. The first one earlier this year was this news...
"CollabNet Sets Up Data Center in Chennai"

This is all very interesting development because as we move more & more stuff into the Internet cloud, operations & datacenter will play a major role in the SaaS/Web20 space. Here is Tim O'Reilly's blog, which talks about the importance of operations...

I am happy to see that web is becoming ubiquitous not just at the surface level but deep inside!

Aug 13, 2006

Arrival of Multi-Core MIPS into Server Land!

We all know that today's server architecture is predominantly dominated by Sparc,PowerPC and X86 chips. But on the other side, MIPS plays a big role in Networking devices.

There are few startups like Cavium Networks are pioneering the multi-core MIPS chips...The success of this startup itself shows the need for this type of chips but the interesting question is, does these types of chips has a role to play in the server land? It's too early to say yes or no, but the startup Movidis thinks that there is a server market out there for these chips by developing Linux based servers. This PR says that they have ported some real world sw products like Apache Webserver, MySQL database,etc.... This is interesting.

This is not the end, just beginning...For example, what about Java or .NET ecosystem for MIPS? I did some research few years ago for porting JVM to MIPS, the answer I got was that it will take nearly 1.5 years to port it. If JVM alone takes this much time, what about heavy weight servers like App Servers/Web Servers?

Another perspective to this is the new evolving Application Oriented Networking devices! These devices are some where btn servers & networking. Does multi-core MIPS has a role to play in AON?

I think it's interesting to watch the evolution of multi-core MIPS architecture and to see whether it has any role in the server land.

Aug 11, 2006

MySQL DB: Good Product

I am recently started using MySQL 5.X database and found that it's a great database to build high performance systems. It has a good sets of tools(easy to use) and nice online documentation. In the past, i have used commercial dbs like Oracle, MS-SQL Server to build products and the current quality of MySQL is as comparable to those commercial products, or even better in few aspects.

The ease of use & stability of MySQL is great.

Yahoo Finance using MySQL shows how stable, reliable the product is...

I would say that if you need a database for your system, take a closer look at MySQL.