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An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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Entries from February 2007

Velocity Micro follow-up

February 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

As promised, here’s the latest from my experiences with Velocity Micro.  When last we left my poor sick PC, it was on the operating table at Velocity Micro’s labs in Richmond, VA.  After a two-week illness here at home, when a house call did not do the trick, it went back to its birthplace for […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Growth · Uncategorized

80 cores — so developers, whatcha gonna do with ’em?

February 14th, 2007 · No Comments

 The New York Times reminded everyone this week what many of us already know — that pretty much all new improvements in processing speed will come from more cores.  In this article by John Markoff, Intel prepares a demonstration of a single chip with 80 cores.  (We’ve been hearing about this for many months, but […]

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Tags: Grid applications

Reports from the front in Financial Services Grid Computing

February 12th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Marc at Magmasystems relates his findings from a recent trip to London, where he says: Got together with some ex-colleagues, who were marvelling at the Lodnon consulting market. The hot areas are Grid Computing, with the prevelant stack being DataSynapse and Tangasol. Also demand is picking up for WPF, with Morgan Stanley leading the way. […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft

Growth: Part One — Growing Pains at Velocity Micro?

February 11th, 2007 · 16 Comments

I’ve planned a series of posts on the opportunities and perils of growth, with non-Digipede examples.  Here goes. The first example comes from, of all places, my new home PC. Last summer, my reliable old Gateway began to suffer from the same fate that eventually afflicts every PC — it was getting old, slow, and […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Entrepreneurship · Growth · Startup Life · Usability

Growth: The Introduction

February 10th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I have been fortunate to be part of rapidly growing companies throughout my career, and it’s happening again.    Growth is fun.  With growth comes opportunity — often, opportunity to show what you can really do.  Growth is perilous.  With growth comes new expectations, new responsibilities, public exposure of warts, new processes (as “winging it” fails […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Startup Life