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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…

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

NEC and Cloudera Join Forces

Oct 14, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan and PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 14 — NEC Corporation, a leading information and communication technologies company, and Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced that they are joining forces to help organizations leverage Big Data for massive large-scale distributed computing and to gain greater value from their data assets more quickly Read more…

HPC Advisory Council Announces Annual South Africa HPC Conference

Oct 13, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 13 — The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced that the HPC Advisory Council, in association with the CHPC National Meeting, will hold the HPC Advisory Council South Africa High-Performance Computing Conference 2014 on December 3, 2014 at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Read more…

Linux Foundation Expands International Membership

Oct 9, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 9 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Altera, Chelsio Communications, DataCentred, Imagination Technologies and Travelping are joining the organization. These companies illustrate that Linux continues to rapidly grow its footprint globally across a wide range of industries Read more…

QLogic Joins the OpenPower Foundation

Oct 8, 2014 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 8 — QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. QLogic joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology Read more…

SGI Introduces DMF for Lustre

Oct 8, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 8 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, today announced the immediate availability of highly scalable tiered data management capabilities that expand the functional capabilities of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software and enable increased storage efficiency for organizations’ parallel computing needs. With high-performance Read more…