Until relatively recently, HPC storage systems have been almost an afterthought, a grab bag mix of components jury rigged together to support the star of the show – a supercomputer or a large compute cluster. A typical legacy HPC storage solution was made up of commercially available RAID arrays, network filers, or direct attached disks. Read more…
Being competitive in today’s economy means companies need to accelerate the time it takes to go from concepts to profitable products and services. There is no shortage of new services, novel methods and innovations to help solve the problems we face; yet, to affect real change, faster market solutions need to be pragmatic and affordable.
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….
Being competitive in today’s world economy means companies have to accelerate the time it takes to go from concept to profitable products and services. There is no shortage of new, good ideas and inventions to solve the problems we face; yet the world market demands solutions faster.
<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.
As 2012 comes to a close, I see some great progress being made by the Exascale I/O Workgroup (EIOW – see <a href=”http://www.EIOW.org” target=”_blank”>www.EIOW.org</a>). From helping formulate requirements on next generation I/O middleware to working among diverse HPC application developers and industry contributors, the group is charting a new direction for exascale-capable HPC architectural methods and prototypes.
Is your current HPC data storage solution experiencing issues with disk drives? Are you seeing performance degradation, where HPC projects take longer to complete than they should? Is your performance situation normal, or are there reliable alternatives to achieving sustained performance at large HPC scale?
Gone are the days when the architects of High Performance Computing (HPC) environments can treat the collection of servers, storage, networking and file systems as a science project for experiments, frequent failures, adjustments and course corrections.
<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.