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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…

A Blueprint for Centralized Research Data Storage and Sharing

Mar 3, 2014 |

The University of Colorado Boulder PetaLibrary storage system was recently deployed by the CU Research Computing (RC) group to address the increasing challenges that researchers face regarding large-scale data storage and data management. The PetaLibrary, in part funded by the National Science Foundation, provides a variety of services to campus researchers including high-performance short-term storage, Read more…

Cray Goes Back to the Future for Weather Forecasting

Feb 16, 2014 |

Weather forecasting has come a long way since June of 1977, when the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) first contracted Cray to deliver one of its early Cray-1A systems across the pond. This was the first time a Cray found its way to the old country—an installation that set the stage for Read more…

Lustre Scores Business Class Upgrade with HSM

Nov 6, 2013 |

OpenSFS, the Intel-backed sponsors of the main community version of Lustre, announced the latest release of the file system, which comes with a number of features designed to push Lustre further past the halls of HPC and into a much more diverse pool of potential users. During a conversation about this update with Galen Shipman, Read more…

Short Takes

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

SC14 Submissions for Panels Due April 25

Apr 16, 2014 |

April 16 — Submit your panel proposals by Friday, April 25. As one of the most important and heavily attended events of SC, your panel should include lively and rapid-fire content with challenging questions related to high performance computing, networking, storage and associated analysis technologies for the foreseeable future. Panels offer a rare opportunity for Read more…

NEC Selects Chelsio Adapters for Vector Supercomputer

Apr 16, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 16 – Chelsio Communications, Inc., a leading provider of 10-Gigabit and 40-Gigabit Ethernet adapters and ASIC solutions (Terminator 4 and 5), today announced that its T4 based 10GbE adapters have been selected by NEC Corporation for NEC’s HPC Systems for network and storage connectivity in SX-ACE, the latest SX-series Vector Supercomputer, targeted at Read more…

Xyratex Introduces ClusterStor SDA

Apr 15, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., April 15 – Xyratex, Ltd., a Seagate company, a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced a new addition to the ClusterStor family of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data engineered storage solutions – the ClusterStor Secure Data Appliance (SDA). Designed to meet government ICD 503 and Cross Domain Solution (CDS) requirements, the Read more…

Cluster 2014 Set for September

Apr 15, 2014 |

April 15 — Clusters have become the workhorse for computational science and engineering research, powering innovation and discovery that advance science and society. They are the base for building today’s rapidly evolving cloud and HPC infrastructures, and are used to solve some of the most complex problems. The challenge to make them scalable, efficient, and Read more…

SDSC Enables Large-Scale Data Sharing Using Globus

Apr 14, 2014 |

April 14 — The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has implemented a new feature of the Globus software that will allow researchers using the Center’s computational and storage resources to easily and securely access and share large data sets with colleagues. In the era of “Big Data”-based science, accessing and Read more…