Next-Generation Infrastructure for HCI and BeyondIn computing, architecture is all about finding balance by taking advantage of cheap, plentiful resources and maximizing utilization of scarce, expensive ones to optimize yield, performance and cost per computation of applications.Project Monterey which VMware introduced earlier today creates a new type of disaggregation and, therefore, composability options to balance those resources. Modern applications and operating environments require modern infrastructure. At Dell Technologies, we are reimagining next-generation building blocks to enable closer cooperation between the future VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) infrastructure overlays and our future infrastructure underlays.Redefining the Balance Equation in Compute ArchitecturesAs business and society increasingly digitize, the same architectural concepts apply to organizations. For decades, we focused on building and deploying systems of record – databases and transactional computing. The emergence of the internet and social media led us to develop systems of engagement. Increasing digitization and pervasive connectivity, enabled by 5G, are compelling us now to develop systems of insight to build intelligent businesses.Systems of insight capitalize on the vast amount of digital data being created today. A Chief Digital Officer for a leading medical research institution recently told me: “In the past, we were asked to do more with less (consolidation); but now, we’re being asked to do more with more.” The latter “more” referring to the data deluge surrounding us all.Interestingly, that data deluge is increasingly being generated at the edge – witness autonomous transportation, wearables, remote monitoring, and so forth. And since compute follows data – it’s much cheaper to bring compute to data than to move data to compute – we have the emergence of an enterprise trend toward edge computing.The same edge trends are occurring inside computing systems. The emergence of cheap, ubiquitous compute cores inside network adapters (SmartNICs) and inside actual storage media (computational storage) are redefining the balance equation in computing system architectures and present us with unique arbitrage opportunities.Disaggregation and Intent-Based ComputingWorkloads are increasingly evolving toward data-centric computing. As such, these workloads tend to be optimized by specialized offload engines and accelerators such as GP-GPUs, FPGAs and emerging specialized training and inference silicon engines.This silicon diversity – x86, ARM and specialized silicon – as an ensemble combined in systems lead us into heterogeneous computing. The ratios required to optimize data-centric workloads among these varied types of engines may be such that they cannot be realized within the mechanical/power/thermal confines of a classic server chassis. This leads us into an era of disaggregation where, rather than deploy intact systems, we aim to deploy smaller, malleable building blocks that are disaggregated across a fabric and must be composed to realize the intent of the user or application. The provisioning of engines to drive workloads is completely API-driven and can be specified as part of the Kubernetes manifest if using VCF with Tanzu. We call this intent-based computing.The concept of composability is not new. We could think of prior mainframe and Unix-based systems as implementing capabilities of this genre. On x86, however, what has been extant to date is coarse-grained composability with constructs like VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), which carved up SW-defined infrastructure assets out of intact server or storage systems.What we require moving forward is fine-grained composability. We need smaller and simpler specialized-function infrastructure building blocks that can be more flexibly combined by a composability or intent manager to optimize computational yield across core data center racks or edge sites.VMware Project Monterey – Evolving beyond HCI toward Hyper-Composable InfrastructureVMware’s Project Monterey provides that close cooperation between the infrastructure overlay and underlay to enable this new type of fine-grained composability. By making the most of general-purpose compute available on SmartNICs, VMware is extending disaggregation to the hypervisor. The benefits of a hypervisor and its associated infrastructure services being disaggregated across compute hosts and SmartNICs are many, including:Increasing customer-usable yield out of the underlying host hardware by removing contention between application and infrastructure virtual machines (VMs)Enabling higher, customer-visible performance for applications and application services through improved asset utilizationExtending a common control plane across virtualized/containerized and bare metal workloads, enabling VMware to provide bare metal as-a-serviceProviding air-gap isolation between computing domains for higher intrinsic securityImproving network response time and performance by offloading networking functions from the server host to the SmartNICAs the leading infrastructure partner in Project Monterey, Dell Technologies’ objective is to deliver a new class of infrastructure. We are working closely with our SmartNIC partners to accelerate the transition in the market, moving beyond hyperconverged to hyper-composable infrastructure for service providers, telcos, and large enterprises.In hyperconverged systems, like our industry-leading VxRail offering co-developed with VMware, infrastructure and application VMs or containers co-reside on relatively coarse common hardware and contend for resources. As we introduce hyper-composability, we will develop finely disaggregated infrastructure expressly enhanced for composability and therefore tightly integrated and optimized by both soft- and hard-offload capabilities to SmartNICs and/or computational storage.Customers will benefit from the simplicity afforded in VMware’s infrastructure overlay and the flexibility of having tailored hardware infrastructure in Dell Technologies’ underlay with no waste relative to workload demands.We have already demonstrated joint working prototypes internally and have committed to deliver offers to the market. Stay tuned!Service providers that deliver as-a-Service and Telco customers building their 5G clouds will find this solution very attractive. Large enterprise customers, who increasingly behave as service providers to their internal customers, will also be interested. But the real benefit of this architecture is that we can express the value in back-end core data centers as well as at the edge to create a seamless computing continuum between core, edge and cloud. This is the foundation of our next-generation service delivery platform.While hyperconverged systems can easily compose software-defined assets (compute, storage, networking), we envision that hyper-composability will extend that ease of dynamic (re)composition to the hardware building blocks to take advantage of silicon diversity. Project Monterey will help enable this new type of fine-grained composability. As a result, we will have new opportunities to balance the computing system architecture to increase yield, maximize performance and reduce cost per computation of workloads.Attend VMworld to find out more. We’ve got breakout sessions on this topic including:Next Generation Infrastructure Enabled by SmartNIC – Sept. 29, 2:00-2:230pm PTDell, VMware and NVIDIA – Sept. 29 12:00-12:30pm PT for the Americas and Sept. 30 for EMEA at 4:00-4:30pm PT CEST.
Star Files This. (2011) Aka: What dreams are made of. With NPH up for a Tony for Hedwig, it’s very possible that the two will go head-to-head again, as they did in this mashup that included “Anything You Can Do,” “A Boy Like That” and “You’re the Top.” When Glinda made a move (2004) It’s that Aussie prince whose reputation is so scandalacious! For Jackman’s second turn hosting, Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth opened the ceremony with a thrillifying introduction. When he got to first base with Rod (2004) Jackman and John Tartaglia were both nominated for Best Actor in a Musical in 2004 (for The Boy from Oz and Avenue Q, respectively), but it’s pretty clear who Rod was rooting for. (Hint: Not John Tartaglia.) When he tried the “Jared Leto” look (2003) We know it was your first year hosting, Hugh, but what was up with that hair? On that note, please shave before Sunday. When he gyrated with SJP (2004) When Jackman (as The Boy from Oz’s Peter Allen) pulled up Sarah Jessica Parker mid-performance, she was a bit camera shy at first, but soon enough she was swaying her hips. Come on—there’s nothing wrong with a little Sex in the (Radio) City! When Billy Crystal butted in (2005) Veteran host Billy Crystal somehow missed the memo when Hugh Jackman hosted for the third time, and started the show with his own opening shtick. Even though Jackman rained on his parade and interrupted him, Crystal was still generous enough to offer him a few pointers (as if he needed them). If there’s one thing we know about the Tonys (and not to toot our own horn, but we know a fair amount) it’s this: When the ceremony includes Hugh Jackman, the evening is bound to be a success. And this year, we’re in luck—the stage and screen hunk, who always looks great in black tie attire, is returning to Radio City Music Hall to host for the fourth time. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we took a look back at the song and dance man’s past Tony appearances, from flirting with Kristin Chenoweth, to his epic dance-off with Neil Patrick Harris, to accepting a couple trophies of his own. We can’t wait to see what Jackman has in store for us this year; tune in to CBS on June 8 to find out! View Comments When he took his trophy for a spin (2012) Jackman was honored with a Special Tony Award for his contributions to the Broadway community as a performer and humanitarian. Yes, even if you nabbed a trophy eight years prior, that shiny spinny medalion never gets old. When he ran from the wings to win (2004) We get it. When you’re the host, there’s no time to claim a seat in the house when your nomination category is announced. Besides, an entrance from downstage right is way more dramatic. When he fought the urge to dance (2005) With two X-Men movies under his belt and a third on the way, Jackman admitted that “dancing makes studio execs really nervous” and “Wolverine does not do high kicks.” He then proceeded to launch into a ridiculous dance routine, including everything from “Do I Hear a Waltz?” to “Shake Your Booty.” When he out-kicked the Rockettes (2004) In the show’s opening number, Jackman brought down the house with “One Night Only” from Dreamgirls, backed by the Hairspray Dynamites, the Little Shop urchins and the radio trio from Caroline, or Change. Oh, plus the Rockettes and basically everyone else on Broadway at the time. Hugh Jackman
Dry Powder View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 Related Shows Former The Office star John Krasinski will make his theatrical debut in the previously reported world premiere of Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder. Directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, the new play about the people molding and messing with the American economy, is scheduled to begin previews on March 1, 2016. The production will run through April 10 at the Public Theater off-Broadway.Best-known for his work on NBC’s The Office, Krasinski’s film credits include Promised Land, Aloha, Big Miracle, Something Borrowed, It’s Complicated, Away We Go, Leatherhead, License to Wed, For Your Consideration, Kinsey and the upcoming 13 Hours and Like it Once Was.The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth (Krasinski), one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll.Additional casting and creative team will be announced later.