Podcast: Jon Masters talks Hyperscale


I just recorded a podcast with Jon Masters from Red Hat Westford. Jon is based in the US but is a Brit and was here visiting his family so I saw an opportunity to sit down with him and record a podcast.

Jon and I go way back. In 2000 I was giving a keynote at a Linux roadshow with Lawrence Manning my then development partner at Smoothwall when we were interviewed by a young guy then eighteen years old, still in the sixth form at school for an article in Linux User magazine. We’re both long seasoned veterans of the Open Source cause.

Twelve years on and the roles are reversed and I’m the one interviewing him. We’re both very proudly working for the same organisation and both still living and breathing Open Source. Having spent brief time together in Boston recently he’d promised to record something so we rented some office space near his folks for a few hours and this is the result.

We’re going to talk about Jon’s talk he gave at Summit where he used his racing bike and a generator to power some ARM powered servers live on stage in front of an audience. You can see the resulting video from the RedHatVideo feed on YouTube at the base of this article. We’ll gloss over the bit about him locking his bike accidentally to the venue and having to be rescued by kind people with cutting gear.

We’re going to talk also about Raspberry PI, educational use of Open Source, our own programming backgrounds as fledgling talents back in the day. It’s two geeks having a chat and talking technology as well as the goodness of emerging tech in the Cloud space.

Jon and I are both passionate about renewable energy. Outside Red Hat I have a hobby, TreePlug which aims to give away free the designs and blueprints to generate using solar power enough energy to run a home office or mobile office. In fact I gave Jon some panels I’ve had manufactured to take home to the US. Jon’s passion for hyperscale computing and the low power requirements of these architectures, especially for Cloud computing datacentre usage is obvious when you listen to the podcast – and watch the video.

  Download our chat here in MP3 format or OGG format