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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…

Small TACC Cluster Set to Shatter IOPS Ceiling

Oct 18, 2013 |

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has been in the habit of spinning up some rather interesting machines these days, including the hybrid Stampede system. In early 2015, the center will be home to another notable resource—Wrangler, a data analysis and management cluster aimed at aiding the data-intensive need of the open science community. Taking Read more…

Short Takes

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.

IQBG and the Benefits of the Cloud-First Initiative

Jul 10, 2013 |

One D.C.-area company called IQ Business Group (IQBG) has already reaped the benefits of the cloud emphasis, having secured a $53 million contract with the Department of the Interior (DOI) over eight years. IQBG has been tapped to provide the DOI with a workable SaaS platform upon which the federal agency can relocate its emails and files.

OpenStack and the SDSC Research Cloud

Jun 6, 2013 |

The San Diego Supercomputer Center launched a public cloud system for universities in the area designed specifically to run on commodity hardware with high performance solid-state drives. The center, which currently holds 5.5 PB of raw storage, is open to educational and research users in the University of California.

Off the Wire

Dot Hill Collaborates with Intel and Mellanox on New Offering for HPC

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, unveiled a new scale-out high performance Lustre file serving solution in collaboration with Intel for software and management and Mellanox for networking, here today in booth 3153 at SC14. The Dot Hill parallel distributed file system solution provides a Read more…

Supermicro Exhibits Range of HPC Optimized Platforms at SC14

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 – Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing highlights new HPC optimized high-density 1U/2U/4U SuperServers supporting the new NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs (2x memory/up to 2x performance) at Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana this week. These new systems provide industry leading parallel compute performance and Read more…

Seagate Announces New ClusterStor Engineered Solution for Lustre

Nov 17, 2014 |

Nov. 17 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the next generation of its ClusterStor Engineered Solution for Lustre, offering up to 700% metadata performance improvements. The benefits of this new solution begin with improved metadata performance and scalability by implementing the Distributed Namespace (DNE) features in the Lustre 2.5 parallel file system. Read more…

Cray Awarded $80 Million Contract From KAUST

Nov 17, 2014 |

Nov. 17 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia with multiple Cray systems that span the Company’s line of compute, storage and analytics products. The contract with KAUST marks Cray’s return to the Middle East Read more…

Dot Hill Launches Ultra56 AssuredSAN

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative carrier and enterprise-class storage systems, today unveiled the Dot Hill Ultra56 AssuredSAN, a new hybrid flash storage array based on an ultra-density chassis that supports both NEBS Level 3 carrier and MIL-STD government requirements and up to 1.34 petabytes (PB) of Read more…