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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…

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…

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…

TACC Spurs Data-Intensive Science with Corral

Oct 11, 2013 |

Corral, the DataDirect Networks storage system installed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), recently crossed the one petabyte mark in total data stored, and it now hosts over 100 unique data collections.

The Evolving Memory Market

Aug 28, 2013 |

The market for computer memory is entering a period of punctuated evolution as a result of several forces, including the continued growth of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as growth in the cloud data centers and communication networks that serve data to mobile users. HPC workloads also play a part in the changing memory landscape.

Off the Wire

XSEDE Compatible Basic Cluster Software Suite Introduced

Jul 30, 2014 |

July 30 — Scientists and researchers across the US now have faster and easier access to top computing resources, thanks to leadership provided by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), an NSF-funded national cyberinfrastructure service. XSEDE partners Indiana University and Cornell University announced today the creation of its XSEDE Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC) Read more…

HGST Introduces New Ultrastar SAS SSDs

Jul 29, 2014 |

July 29 – HGST has announced its next-generation of Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) with capacities up to 1.6TB. Building upon its award-winning first generation 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR are the ideal building blocks for server and storage systems running today’s performance-sensitive enterprise applications. The Ultrastar SAS SSDs create new Read more…

Dongarra and Team Start New Supercomputing Journal

Jul 28, 2014 |

July 28 — Jack Dongarra and his colleague Vladimir Voevodin have started a new publication called “Journal Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations” (JSFI). JSFI is a peer reviewed publication that addresses the need for greater dissemination of research and development findings and results at the leading edge of high performance computing systems, highly parallel methods, and Read more…

DDN Joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Jul 22, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 – DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and healthcare communities. DDN joins more than 200 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology Read more…

Supermicro to Highlight Range of Products at Microsoft WPC

Jul 14, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing will highlight a range of MicroBlade, SuperBlade SuperServer and SuperStorage solutions certified for Windows Server 2012 R2 this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. At the show, Supermicro will Read more…