Local Data Manager Slices, Dices, Makes Julienne Fries

A prominent Canadian researcher has discovered that the command line argument -ayfs (pronounced “aye-fuzz”), when added to Unidata's Local Data Manager (ldm) software, creates a whole new era in IT infrastructure capability and a radical paradigm shift for mobile platform deployment.

Canadian scientist Steve Emmerson, currently employed by Unidata, added the option in 1993 to the C code base, but didn't get around to trying it until April 1st, 2014. Once he tried it he found that the option creates unprecedented scalability and on-demand self-service provisioning of computer capabilities. “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” said Dr. Emmerson about the switch that can be enabled at runtime, “but I had no idea that it would transform Geoscience through innovative data services and enable revolutionary ways of wringing knowledge from an ever-expanding pool of Earth System science data.”

The breakthrough immediately drew international attention when prominent Italian researcher Ben Domenico, head of Unidata's OGC standards efforts, put the command line argument into the latest standards document for the OGC Common Web Services. “It was a little sneaky to make it a requirement for all OGC services,” said Dr Domenico, currently employed by leading cloud solution provider Unidata, “but now anyone can deliver secure, efficient, cost-effective cloud and IT services to the U.S. public sector. I'm a little giddy about how quickly this has all happened. To be sure, users will have to modify their startup scripts to add that command line argument in order to extract concealed narratives from Big Data analytics. But we are looking to build robust, broker-provided solutions that could ease the migration.”

The news was received at Unidata with a mixture of satisfaction and anxiety. “We are pleased that all of our goals for the 2018 NSF proposal have now been met, well ahead of schedule,” said Unidata Director Mohan Ramamurthy. “We want to assure our funding agencies that we still have lots of important work that, um, needs to be funded,” he said, watching a number of once-busy software engineers milling about the water cooler. Kevin Tyle, chair of the Unidata User Usability Committee agreed, stating, “Cloud computing will come and go, but the need for publication quality graphics in the IDV will always be with us!”

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