We had a guest speaker at yesterday's Cheetah TOI (transfer of information) session in the form of Alexander Koerner who showed the IDS11 ToGo demo he's been delivering to appreciative audiences at the last 3 Infobahn events in Germany. The demo consists of 3 512Mb USB flash drives concealed in various trouser pockets, each containing an auto-booting Qemu based Linux virtual machine with IDS 11 installed.
The first drive contains one IDS 11 primary and two SDS nodes, the second has a pre-configured IDS 11 HDR node which automatically connects to the primary IDS instance on stick 1, and the third has a pre-configured RSS node which also automatically connects to the primary instance on stick 1.
Before the IDS11 ToGo moniker was chosen, other names under consideration were "Cheetah on a stick" and "Cluster in my trousers". They seem perfectly good choices to me.
Qemu allows the demo's to be independent of the host machine, communicating with each other over a private network, so no additional software needs to be installed on the host laptop. The demo has an integrated browser and applications to showcase various IDS features and blades. It's an impressive and concise way to see the strengths of the Cheetah release. Note that the IDS11 ToGo demo is not currently available outside IBM.
In the evening we were taken to a restaurant in Trudering where we had the opportunity to try some enjoyable Bavarian cuisine and the dunkel weiss bier that was allegedly the downfall of a certain UK tech support manager on his last visit.