- He had expected blades to win the HPC hardware battle, but has not seen that come to pass, it's still a split field
- Intel is currently the chip of choice, but AMD might be back in the game
- BioTeam has done more Sun Grid Engine consulting in the first quarter of 2010 than all of 2009; he's not concerned about SGE's future following the Oracle acquisition of Sun
- He got a laugh from the crown with "private clouds - still stupid in 2010". He notes that this is just marketing speak and doesn't really mean anything.
- Public clouds, on the other hand, are very real, and close to being mainstream... he's a strong supporter of their use in the right situations.
- DIY cluster/parallel filesystems have a higher risk of implementation failure rate due to lack of pre-sales planning and design, especially in smaller shops. He also recommended commercial solutions with formal support programs.
- Clusters are increasingly utilizing fat nodes (32 core, 128 GB+ memory)
- Petascale storage is no longer risky, and single namespace solutions are recommended
- He expressed concern about the downstream analysis of data (such as sequencing) eating up storage capacity - while the HTPS pipeline is relatively easy to model, secondary analysis is much more difficult.
He argues that the DNA data deluge will get better, mostly because the sequencing vendors are becoming more efficient in delivering data from the instruments. I would agree that the per run sizes will stabilize, but as the costs continue to plummet for sequencing, it will drive much greater demand, thus continuing the pressure on storage and compute infrastructures.