Unexplored Territory Podcast Episode 19 – Discussing NUMA and Cores per Sockets with the main CPU engineer of vSphere

Richard Lu joined us to talk basics of NUMA, Cores per Socket, why modern windows and mac systems have a default 2 cores per socket setting, how cores per socket help the guest OS interpret the cache topology better, the impact of incorrectly configured NUMA and Cores per Socket systems and many other interesting CPU … [Read more...]

Machine Learning on VMware Platform – Part 3 – Training versus Inference

Machine Learning on VMware Cloud Platform – Part 1 covered the three distinct phases: concept, training, and deployment, part 2 explored the data streams, the infrastructure components needed and vSphere can help with increasing resource utilization efficiency of ML platforms. In this part, I want to go a little bit … [Read more...]

Introducing vSphere+ and vSAN+

VMware just announced vSphere+ and vSAN+ today. I was reading up on the offering and personally was very intrigued about it. I have to be fair, at first I was under the impression that vSphere+ and vSAN+ was only about subscription-based licensing, but it is not, it is much more than that. If you like to head more … [Read more...]

Disable the little drawing (known as search highlights) in the Windows 10/11 search bar

After deploying new Windows 10/11 images with the latest updates, Microsoft has included Search highlights. You can see if you have search highlights enabled when having a little drawing in the search bar. When clicking on the search bar it extends. So what are search highlights? Designed to help Windows users … [Read more...]

Watch Now – VMware NSX Legacy Load Balancing is Going Away – Migrate to Avi

VMware will be sunsetting the NSX native load balancers. Customers should be migrating to the currently supported NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi) which simplifies operations today while getting you ready for your multi-cloud and container strategies tomorrow. Avi works across all environments beyond the NSX … [Read more...]

VMware Labs has released a new Fling – vSphere Diagnostic Tool

vSphere Diagnostic Tool is a python script that runs diagnostic commands on the vCenter Server Photon Appliance to return useful troubleshooting data while running within the confines of the local environment with out upstream dependencies. I've created some sample output: 2022-06-23T08:32:02 INFO Vdt: Today: … [Read more...]

Nested Fault Domains on a 2-Node vSAN Stretched Cluster, is it supported?

I spotted a question this week on VMTN, the question was fairly basic, are nested fault domains supported on a 2-node vSAN Stretched Cluster? It sounds basic, but unfortunately, it is not documented anywhere, probably because stretched 2-node configurations are not very common. For those who don’t know, with a … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory 018: Not just artificially intelligent featuring Mazhar Memon

In this week’s Unexplored Territory Podcast we have Mazhar Memon as a guest. We mainly talk about why Mazhar co-founded Bitfusion, what VMware’s strategy is for AI/ML workloads, and what we can expect from Project Radium in the future. Warning, this episode is DEEP! Listen to the full Unexplored Territory … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory Podcast Episode 18 – Not just artificially intelligent featuring Mazhar Memon

In this week’s Unexplored Territory Podcast, we have Mazhar Memon as our guest. Mazhar is one of the founders of VMware Bitfusion and the principal inventor of Project Radium. In this episode, we talk to him about the start of Bitfusion, what challenges Project Radium solves, and what role the CPU has in an ML world. … [Read more...]

MACHINE LEARNING ON VMWARE CLOUD PLATFORM – PART 2

Resource Utilization Efficiency Machine learning, especially deep learning, is notorious for consuming large amounts of GPU resources during training. However, as the last part already highlighted, machine learning is more than just training a model. And these components within the machine learning workflow require … [Read more...]