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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…

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…

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

UMich and UVic Utilizing SanDisk Products to Fuel Supercomputing Project

Nov 20, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif. & NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 20 — SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that the University of Michigan and University of Victoria (CA) are utilizing SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory solutions to fuel their multi-site supercomputing project, which helps them dramatically reduce the server footprint needed to transmit enormous datasets. Working in conjunction with the CERN Laboratory in Read more…

DDN Honored with Six HPCwire Awards

Nov 19, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 19 — Underscoring the strength and breadth of DataDirect Networks (DDN) entire end-to-end HPC product portfolio for life sciences, oil and gas, manufacturing and financial services industries, DDN has been awarded six top honors in the 2014 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. Announced at the Opening Reception of the annual Read more…

Cray Adds Cloudera Enterprise to Urika-XA System

Nov 19, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 19 — At the 2014 Strata + Hadoop World Barcelona conference, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Cloudera Enterprise is now pre-integrated into Cray’s new big data analytics appliance — the Cray Urika-XA system. Cloudera Enterprise, the foundation for Cloudera’s enterprise data hub offering, includes Cloudera’s complete and tested Read more…

Seagate Unveils Apache Hadoop on Lustre Connector

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that as part of its continued commitment to open source communities, the contribution of an Apache Hadoop on Lustre Connector. The Hadoop on Lustre Connector improves workflow efficiency by eliminating the need to copy data to the Hadoop Distributed File Read more…

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

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