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DDN Discusses Enterprise HPC Momentum

Aug 26, 2014 |

DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leader in large scale Big Data and Cloud storage, recently announced double digit, profitable growth for the first half of the year 2014, fueled by the adoption of its SFA and WOS technologies by increasing numbers of Strategic Enterprise HPC accounts. In advance of his keynote at the upcoming EnterpriseHPC event Read more…

Panasas Boosts ActiveStor with Fat Drives, RAID 6+

Jun 12, 2014 |

Disk drives keep getting fatter, and the time to rebuild the data on them keeps taking longer and longer. And so the engineers at disk array maker Panasas have been working for the past several years to rework RAID data protection so it is more suitable to large scale parallel file systems. The culmination of Read more…

Burst Buffers Flash Exascale Potential

May 1, 2014 |

For any large-scale datacenter, be it a scientific supercomputer or hyperscale web farm, the constant battles of “defensive I/O” and “offensive I/O” take their toll on overall efficiency and productivity. From checkpointing to pushing performance on long-running applications, one set of technologies is pushing its way onto the frontlines. The “burst buffer” concept, as Los Read more…

Panasas Opens New Windows for Wider HPC View

Mar 11, 2014 |

Like many other storage companies with roots in HPC, Panasas is leveraging its history in some of the most demanding environments to bridge the technical to commercial computing divide. According to the company’s Geoffrey Noer, just three years ago, most Panasas customers were in traditional HPC, scattered across a wide number of users in academia Read more…

DDN Aims for Deeper, Cheaper Archives

Mar 7, 2014 |

When it comes to archiving of important research or mission-critical data, organizations are left with making tough decisions around investing in expensive tier-1 storage to keep up with data volume and performance requirements. Beyond that option, using file systems that might be too complex for data that isn’t often modified, moving to tape where access Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 11, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

ALCF Optimizes I/O with Innovative ‘Cache’

Aug 19, 2014 |

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, is on-track to hosting the fastest GPFS file system in the world. The innovative storage upgrade project is mainly concerned with reducing the amount of time users have to spend managing the massive amounts of data generated by the organization’s supercomputers. Ask Read more…

Leading Edge Versus Bleeding Edge

Apr 10, 2014 |

Enterprises are always looking for an edge to use against the competition, and information technology was created initially and specifically to be that edge. Decades later, computing in its various forms is the foundation of the modern corporation, and companies are still looking for new ways of gaining an advantage. More times than not, that Read more…

Blu-ray for Cold Storage – What About Tape?

Feb 13, 2014 |

Last week, Spectra Logic’s Bruce Kornfeld, the company’s Interim CMO, raised an important question: “Can Consumer Technologies Meet the Demands of Commercial Data Storage Applications?” Kornfield’s post was motivated by Facebook’s recent unveiling of a prototype Blu-ray optical disc library, capable of storing approximately 10,000 discs and 1 petabyte of data in a single cabinet. Read more…

The Promise of DNA-based Storage

Jan 16, 2014 |

…or How to Put the Internet in a Van… One of the foremost issues facing science and industry today is storing the ever-increasing amounts of data that are created globally. Google’s Eric Schmidt claims that every two days humanity generates as much information as it did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. There Read more…

Off the Wire

Projects Headed by UW Researchers Selected for Supercomputer Use

Oct 1, 2014 |

Oct. 1 — Carbon sequestration, planet formation, and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects were recently awarded computational time and storage space at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically Read more…

ISC 2015 Now Open for Submissions and Other Participation Opportunities

Sep 29, 2014 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 29 — The ISC High Performance conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is now open to various submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in workshops, tutorials, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research papers, research posters or in the student volunteer program, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing (HPC) Read more…

Cray Awarded $26M Supercomputer Contract from the DoD HPCMP

Sep 29, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 29 – Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded Cray a $26 million supercomputer contract for a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system. The systems will be placed at the HPCMP’s DoD Supercomputing Resource Read more…

Mellanox CloudX Platform Now Supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its CloudX reference architecture for building efficient cloud platforms is now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, in addition to Oracle VM. The solution helps improve compute Read more…

NIBMG to Utilize DDN Storage

Sep 23, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 23 — As the first research institution in India devoted to genome-based research for human health and disease, the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) is taking a bite out of oral cancer with its world-class research into the most common cancer among males in India with the help of state-of-the-art solution comprising block, file and object storage solutions Read more…