In New York, we had the pleasure of the Boston Ltd financial computing team – BIOS IT at the Linux on Wall Street conference on High Performance Computing. With jet lag helping the early start, we were greeted by a swarm of developers, IT managers and financial computing professionals all eager to see what we had to offer.
We joined the BIOS IT stand specifically to promote Breeze as a migration tool to their ARM-based Linux server, Viridis, but Breeze is equally applicable to their Intel machines so there were questions and interest from all sides.
On the stand, we also had Paul from CodeThink with us in the software ecosystem. Codethink make custom Linux builds with minimum dependencies so together our companies present a full range solution.
With so many of us on the stand, I was able to catch the keynote on KVM from IBM. We use some KVM technology in our build and test environment so I was interested to learn a bit more about the background of that project. I then dashed down the typically poorly lit hotel corridor to get back to our exhibit before the crowds arrived.
The interest at the conference seemed to be divided between companies interested in the super-fast super-low latency machines and those interested in keeping power and costs down with the ARM-based servers. Either way, there seems to be a lot of scope for companies to work together to squeeze the last bit of performance out of the hardware.
We are looking forward to making a difference in the financial industry. Breeze can solve a range of installation, build and migration problems so it is the obvious choice for anyone with a Linux infrastructure to manage. The unique challenges offered by the financial district are particularly interesting.
A thoroughly worthwhile trip for everyone… time for a beer and an early night I think!
Ellexus are the developers of Breeze, a Linux dependency tracing tool that shows you what your programs are doing as they run. You can quickly search trace data to trouble shoot a problem build or installation.