I'm blogging today from Hot Chips 19, the annual chip technology conference hosted by Stanford University. I'm planning to summarize each session as it happens.
Before the sessions began, there were some announcements--expected attendance, for example, is about 600 people.
Famed computer architect John Mashey spoke on behalf of the Computer History Museum, giving an update on museum exhibits and inviting Hot Chips attendees to visit while they're in town. The museum will have one of the two working copies of Charles Babbage… Read more
IBM trumpets open standards so much that it's easy to forget the company cares deeply about open source, too. I much prefer this latter emphasis, incidentally, because IBM is so good at playing the "open" standards game - it's much harder to game an open-source license.
Which is why I found this interview with Bob Sutor refreshing. Bob is IBM's vice president of Open Source and Standards, and does great work for Big Blue. When asked what IBM has learned from its Linux experience, he responded:… Read more
You may remember that Mark Webbink, former general counsel at Red Hat, is retiring at the end of this month. In order to maintain his level of mischief and fun, he has kicked off a new blog. I was worried about missing out on Mark's sense of humor and insight to the industry, but it looks like I worried in vain.
Already he has confirmed and extended my suspicions that IBM is desperately trying to hem in Red Hat (on both the application server side with Novell (bonne chance!) and the operating system side with Sun). He's also … Read more
IBM has been trying for many years to force Red Hat into its "proper place." First it United Linux. Swing and a miss! Then it was OSDL. Whiff! Strike two! IBM even tried to shore up Novell with a $50 million investment in the SUSE creator. Strike three! You're out!
But this is IBM of the bottomless wallet (and long-term vision), so "out" is never quite "out." Today, IBM held its nose and sidled up with long-term enemy, Sun Microsystems, to go for strike number four (or a base hit). Is there more to the deal than Red Hat envy? Of course.
But you can bet that it's a key component. Still, I like the added choice this offers customers, even if I don't buy the argument that this is why Sun and IBM did the deal.… Read more
IBM announced Thursday it's expanding its relationship with Sun Microsystems, in a move to offer its customers the option of loading their IBM x86-based System x servers, or BladeCenter servers, with Sun's Unix-based Solaris 10 operating system.
Although IBM customers can currently load their systems with Sun's Solaris OS, Big Blue plans over the next three months to add Solaris drivers and system optimizers to their systems and conduct the testing and configurations for customers, who make such requests.
Under the reseller agreement, IBM will receive all the revenues from the sale of its hardware and Sun'… Read more
Just because you can't see a sales clerk doesn't mean you can't get help from one--or from a fellow shopper, even one in a distant aisle.
That's the premise behind the DIY Shopper project under development at IBM's research facility in a stately Georgian manse in southern England. The concept retail Web site, developed with retail group Kingfisher, uses Web 2.0 concepts--not just blogs, but also buddy lists of in-store advisers and people doing similar projects. While store employees would use tablet PCs to access DIY Shopper and communicate with customers, the shoppers themselves … Read more
When computer companies hawk servers powered by Intel (or Advanced Micro Devices) they talk about how much work these relatively cheap boxes can do.
In reality, they are all sitting back there in the computer room listening to old Scorpions CDs and scrounging for snack food like a bunch of convenience store clerks.
Servers with so-called x86 chips are utilized only about 10 to 15 percent of the time, according to Scott Handy, vice president of the system p group at IBM, in a press meeting the day before LinuxWorld. The rest of the time they are waiting around for … Read more
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If you are a renewable energy fan, you have to get excited when large semiconductor equipment experts like Applied Materials get in the game.
But the most recent prospective entrant (which I have blogged about) is IBM. Big Blue's program is still under wraps, but it has worked on solar technology in its research arm since the 1970s and has massive expertise in … Read more
I had been wondering this lately, and so have been asking people: who are IBM's software customers? My company sells into a wide range of Global 2000 companies, but we almost never bump into IBM databases or application servers (or hardware, for that matter). I can count the number of times on two hands, yet we often run into Oracle, Microsoft, BEA Weblogic, even Sybase. Rarely IBM.