In what has become a week of news around bringing HPC technology to the midrange market, Lustre file system gatekeeper, Xyratex, hashed out new boxes to bring down some parallel file system barriers and put higher performance on x86 cluster within closer reach for simulation and….
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/OpenSFS_logoCROPPED.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”51″ />OpenSFS has chosen its Community Representative Director for 2013: Tommy Minyard, director of Advanced Computing Systems (ACS) at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). We got the new director’s views on Lustre’s opportunities in big data and exascale, maintaining a single source tree, and new features on the horizon.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Lustre_logo.png” alt=”” width=”115″ height=”24″ />With the announcement this week that storage maker Xyratex has acquired Oracle’s Lustre assets, the popular open source parallel file system is once again completely under the control of HPC stakeholders.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/intel_whamcloud_small.GIF” alt=”” width=”77″ height=”84″ />Intel Corporation has acquired Whamcloud, a startup devoted to supporting the open source Lustre parallel file system and its user community. The deal marks the latest in a line of high performance computing acquisitions that Intel has made over the past few years to expand its HPC footprint.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/SSU_Sonexion.jpg” alt=”” width=”130″ height=”67″ />Today storage maker Xyratex introduced ClusterStor 6000, a Lustre-based storage platform which doubles the throughput of the company’s first generation product. HPCWire spoke with Eric Lomascolo, director of solutions marketing and Mike Stolz, VP of marketing at Xyratex to get the particulars about the new system.
Innovation has been the cornerstone of success in our heritage in the data storage industry for the last twenty-five years. About two years ago, Xyratex initiated an investigation into additional market opportunities for enterprise class data storage solutions. Our research yielded interesting data points that aligned with the strengths of Xyratex. We discovered that not only was the High Performance Computing (HPC) a high growth area for storage, it also represented a dynamic market opportunity with a substantial need for better data storage design. We also learned that the way data storage was being implemented at many of these sites was unduly complicated in terms of initial installation, performance optimization and ongoing management.
Thanks to the efforts of many in the HPC community, Lustre appears to be here to stay. We contacted three leading Lustre vendors about what lies ahead for the popular HPC open source file system, asking Xyratex Storage Software Director Peter Bojanic, Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda, and Terascala Marketing and Product Management VP Rick Friedman for their perspectives on what Lustre needs for broader commercial use as well as how it can make its way into the world of exascale supercomputing.
A year ago the Lustre community was stunned by Oracle’s message at the 2010 Lustre User Group (LUG). Lustre was no longer a vendor neutral platform; you had to buy Sun/Oracle storage hardware to get future versions of the software. The community uproar was strong to the threat HPC’s most popular file system going away.
We often hear about national labs and universities settling on a particular vendor for server and storage solutions, but details about the full evaluation process behind that selection are often sparse. The Utah Center for High Performance Computing’s storage lead explains how his team whittled down the list — and evaluated options against a tricky application.
Exascale computing will bring new challenges to supercomputing, not the least of which is the need for file systems to handle greatly increased I/O loads. To satisfy these I/O demands, should the HPC community start from scratch or build out from current file system technologies? Evolutionary or revolutionary is the key question.