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HPC Center Traces Storage Selection Experience

Jul 8, 2011 |

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.

Why Lustre Is Set to Excel in Exascale

Jun 27, 2011 |

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.

Xyratex Unveils Lustre Storage Appliance for HPC

Jun 14, 2011 |

Storage maker Xyratex has announced the ClusterStor 3000, a rack-scale Lustre storage solution purpose-built for high performance computing. The product is the culmination of an effort that began with the aquisition of Lustre startup ClusterStor in 2010. We asked Xyratex Director of Strategic Business Development Ken Claffey to fill us in on his company’s newest storage solution.

Storage at Exascale: Some Thoughts from Panasas CTO Garth Gibson

May 25, 2011 |

Exascale computing is not just about FLOPS. It will also require a new breed of external storage capable of feeding these exaflop beasts. Panasas co-founder and chief technology officer Garth Gibson has some ideas on how this can be accomplished and we asked him to expound on the topic in some detail.

The Weekly Top Five

May 12, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the Cray/Sandia partership to found a knowledge institute; RenderStream’s FireStream-based workstations and servers; NVIDIA’s latest CUDA centers; Reservoir Labs and Intel’s extreme scale ambitions; and Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s new hybrid cluster.

The Weekly Top Five

Apr 14, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Bull’s third petascale computing contract; IBM’s new POWER7 servers, the first hybrid spintronics computer chips, Bull and Whamcloud’s beefed-up Lustre support; and Tilera’s latest manycore development tools.

The Weekly Top Five

Feb 10, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Argonne’s new 10-petaflop supercomputer, big rig aerodynamics, Austria’s new 150-teraflop supercomputer, Whamcloud’s partnership with Bull, and Bright Computing’s deal with Dell.

Lustre Gets Backing of Non-Profit Corporation

Oct 21, 2010 |

Some of the most prominent organizations in the HPC community have joined together to bootstrap a non-profit corporation devoted to scalable file system technologies. On Tuesday, Cray, Data Direct Networks, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced the incorporation of Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. The newly-hatched group has cast itself as the focal point for development of Lustre and other open source file system technologies aimed at high performance computing.

Oracle Setting HPC Adrift

Aug 12, 2010 |

Layoffs, a missing product roadmap, and an SC10 no-show all point to company’s exit from the high performance computing business.

HPC Startup Takes a Shine to Lustre

Jul 29, 2010 |

Lustre, the much-beloved open-source file system technology used by many of the top supercomputers in the world, has a new friend. Actually a whole new company. Whamcloud, a venture-funded startup based in upscale Danville, California, came out of hiding on Wednesday and announced its intentions to help carry the Lustre torch forward on Linux.

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