Monthly Archives: September 2012

LeanFirm consulting specializes in helping municipalities all over the United States re-engineer and optimize their workflows. What’s a workflow in this case? Consider the case of maintaining an optimal sized inventory of spare vehicle parts. It’s not just a matter of when a part is ordered, but when the decision is approved, when the money is available, when the part is actually delivered or how many times per year the part is needed. While the procedure may be long, the decisions made at each stage are rather clear – with each decision being logged in some form or another by the responsible party. But since none of the information is centralized (remember that most municipal governments are working with data systems that were designed in the early 80’s), getting actionable suggestions for improvements is limited to the observations at each point in the chain. How does one develop real-time and…

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Minimal Metrics has teamed up with the authors of ATLAS to bring their ultra high performance implementation of the BLAS or Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines to Texas Instruments‘ next-generation, multi-core, digital signal processing (DSP) platform. BLAS is used throughout the industry to achieve performance on a number of low-level matrix and vector operations. It is best known as the building block of LAPACK; a programming library invented by Dr. Jack Dongarra in the 70’s to solve problems consisting of simultaneous systems of linear equations. Solving such systems are at the core of many uses of high performance computers today, whether it be in the simulation sciences like weather forecasting, aircraft design or car crash simulation or web technologies such as data mining, web analytics and natural language processing. Ti’s new generation of processors, beginning with the 8-core C6678, a.k.a “Shannon” raise the bar on the performance per-watt for both integer…

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PAPI V (5.0.0) is now available! Philip Mucci, one of the founders of Minimal Metrics, is the founding author of the award-winning PAPI project, now in it’s 16th year!. Tushar Mohan, co-founder of Minimal Metrics, recently partnered with the the PAPI Team to develop theĀ Appio component in PAPI V, which is used to measure I/O and network performance of an application.