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Build It And They Will Come

Apr 16, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Roberts)

"Well, actually, no they won't.

"I'm talking about purchasing and installing a brand new Linux cluster in a pure Windows shop and having any expectations that it will be used. Your co-workers will probably look at you funny, and they might stand way over on the other side of the elevator during that ride up to the fourth floor, but don't count on them knocking your door down begging for access to your shiny new Linux resource.

"What it takes to get Windows users to move work to a Linux cluster is advocacy, opportunity, and a little luck. In this case the luck part came about via a conversation overheard at lunch about a 10 year old legacy application. The code needed to be run for several days each by four people on their XP boxes. Afterwards the results are manually collated. Rinse, wash, repeat as necessary to cover all the parameter sweep cases. Even luckier: the application was written in C++, albeit using MS Visual Studio."

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