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Archive for May 20th, 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey • The Register

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/20

Verily, they did make support for the Internet of Things.

As always, brilliant writing. For instance:

  • “But there was also the Youth Faction, who were indeed very young, some being barely in their mid-forties.”
  • “Ask a Delphic question, get a Delphic answer” –

Source: The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey • The Register

via: David Heffernan – Google+


Posted in Delphi, Development, Fun, History, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Multi-WAN routers compared

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/20

Mikrotik have statistics and way more features. Of the not so good features on the TP-LINK ER-5120 multi-WAN router (none of which are mentioned in their documentation), the worst 2 are:

  • Virtual-Server table can only handle 32 incoming port redirects
  • no IPv6 support
  • both incoming WAN and outgoing NAT isn’t very stable (my guess it’s a NAT table filling up)

Source: Gigabit Load Balance Broadband Router TL-ER5120 – Welcome to TP-LINK

Source: MikroTik – Forum – Tweakers

RouterBoard RB3011UiAS-RM description. The RB3011 is a new multi port device, our first to be running an ARM architecture CPU for higher performance than ever before. The RB3011 has ten Gigabit ports divided in two switch groups, an SFP cage and for the first time a SuperSpeed full size USB 3.

Source: : RB3011UiAS-RM (link has high res images)

Source: RB3011UiAS-RM – MikroTik RouterOS

The CCR1009 will always be faster, even passively cooled: Source: RB3011 Fan Notice compared to CCR 1009 – MikroTik RouterOS. The passively cooled versions run at a lower clock-speed which you can even make lower yourself:Source: CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+PC lower clock – MikroTik RouterOS. On the active cooled CCR1009, you can replace the fans to make them more quiet: Source: CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+ General info & Questions – Page 2 – MikroTik RouterOS

Note the ports in/out the switch groups on the CCR1009: Source: CCR 1009 switch chip menu – MikroTik RouterOS

RouterBoard CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+PC description. Our popular 9-core Cloud Core Router is now available in a new passive cooling enclosure. This CCR1009 unit is equipped with two heat-pipes and a specially designed heat-sink, so its completely silent.

Source: : CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+PC

RouterBoard CCR1009-8G-1S-PC description. Our popular 9-core Cloud Core Router is now available in a new passive cooling enclosure. This CCR1009 unit is equipped with two heat-pipes and a specially designed heat-sink, so its completely silent.

Source: : CCR1009-8G-1S-PC

Source: Advise: CCR1009-1S-PC – MikroTik RouterOS

Source: CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+ is a BEST ROUTER !!! – MikroTik RouterOS

When the power supply breaks: Source: CCR1009-8G question about part number – MikroTik RouterOS

The actively cooled CCR1009 with lots of pictures and screenshots: Source: CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+ General info & Questions – MikroTik RouterOS

Mikrotik with xs4all

Source: Eigen router achter een XS4ALL-VDSL-aansluiting (2) | Harold Schoemaker

Source: xs4all ftth en Mikrotik router – Google Groups

Heeft iemand van jullie ook ervaring met IPv6 van XS4all met een fritzbox? Ik wil namelijk achter deze fritzbox een mikrotik plaaten en IPv6 door routeert.

Source: IPv6 mikrotik router achter een fritzbox.

Source: [Ervaringen/discussie] MikroTik-apparatuur – Netwerken – GoT


Posted in Internet, MikroTik, Power User, routers | Leave a Comment »

Less than two decades of Google Data Centers – from corkboard x86 hardware via GPU to TPU – now they make their own chips too

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/20

First corkboard production server by Google in 1998

First corkboard production server by Google in 1998

Remember the image on the right? It was the first “corkboard” production server Google used in 1998 (it’s a museum piece now).

From there they were using commodity-class x86 server computers running customized versions of Linux for a “long” time which around 2005 even got their own 12V battery as UPS inside the machine and running 1160 machines in a 1AAA shipping container.

Later whey started using a mix of CPU and GPU increasing the performance per watt and recently went from 12V to 48V and even contributed 48V DC Data Center Rack to Open Compute.

In the mean time, Tensor Flow and AI got even more important for Google and during the Google I/O 2016 keynote, they revealed yet another step: TPU chips especially made for TensorFlow providing even better performance per watt for machine learning than GPU. The TPUs are not FPGAs (popular for instance when mining BitCoins), but ASICs that perform orders of magnitude better.

So in about 18 years, Google moved from cleverly assembled commodity hardware to highly specialised custom chips.

Exciting times are ahead of us. I’m really looking forward to the next steps.



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Nice diskinfo alias showing du, df, btrfs, parted, lsblk

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/20

I bumped into a disk full issue again because of the btrfs/snapper combination in openSuSE and df basically lying about the disk space, so I w rote this Nice diskinfo alias showing du, df, btrfs, parted, lsblk.

You can combine this with A bash script to btrfs snapshot details like disk sizes (requires btrfs quota to be enabled) to find out which snapper snapshots take up a truckload of space and might be safely removed.


via: How can a partition be full if du does not show it is? (via: linux – Super User) #OpenSuSE #btrfs #snapshots « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff.

Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, SuSE Linux | Leave a Comment »

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