Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Geek Zen

Follow along:

So, there are two identical, very powerful physical computers.

These machines have been electronically divided into two virtual systems each, for a total of four systems.

These four systems are divided into pairs (for redundancy) then these pairs are joined into something called a cluster. This lets either of the computers fail without a loss of functionality. It also makes the four virtual systems appear as two (entirely new) servers.

This is what we show the users- two servers.

So, we started with two computers, turned them into four, and then turned them back into two computers. These two virtual servers now exist simultaneously on both physical computers. One of the two physical systems could literally burst into flames and it would not affect what the users are able to do.

These two physical computers are replacing twelve physical computers. The energy savings alone are impressive. In addition, the new system is easier to use, has a higher capicity, is more robust, and is completely redundant.

This is all pretty impressive, if you can get your head around it.

The bottom line is that this system doesn’t truly exist as it presents itself. What you see is very far from what it is.

That, folks, is how computers are becoming more like people. There you go, a moment of zen.

You also have a bit of insight as to why I have headaches after working on this stuff.


At 7:49 PM, Anonymous wende said...

I have NO idea what you are talking about, and let's keep it that way. I'll just take your word for it! :)

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Ah, the magic of Geek Zen!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Oregon Coast said...

I didn't understand a word of that.

But then again, I am the stupid spouse.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous a said...

Nice. What kind of work do you do that allows you do that and live in astoria?

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Technically, I work for you. In a big sandstone building downtown.

Sad thing is, this took longer than I wanted- kept getting interrupted. Plays hell with concentration.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Wende said...

Happy Thanksgiving (Smallpox Blanket Day)!

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Auntie L said...

Should not that be "small pox blanket" and "fire water" day????

Eating and drinking "Turkey" is a famous pastime in my fam.

(and we can go get the clean slate on Sunday for anything we did 'wrong' under the influence of either type of "turkey".)

Cheers to you and yours......

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Miss Sassy said...

Is it sad that I completly followed the path of the story and the logic behind the climax?
I am an admitted ex-band geek, but I had NO idea how far reaching Geekdom's territory lay.


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