Quobyte Data Center File System Selected by Science and Technology Facilities Council

June 19, 2018

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 19, 2018 — Quobyte Inc., a leading developer of modern storage system software, announced today that the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Scientific Computing Department has selected its Data Center File System to manage the JASMIN Phase 4 super-data-cluster with an initial managed capacity of 42PB (petabytes). Thousands of users worldwide find, manipulate and analyze data held on JASMIN, which processes an average of 1-3PB of data every day, and is expected to expand to 300PB by 2022.

JASMIN, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and delivered by STFC, provides the UK and European climate and earth-system science communities with a globally unique data intensive analysis and computational e-infrastructure. JASMIN enables scientists to bring their processing to the data because many datasets, particularly model data which can range up to a petabyte, are too big to be easily shipped around or downloaded to their own computers for analysis. The JASMIN facility is a “super-data-cluster” which delivers an e-infrastructure for data analysis. The e-infrastructure provides compute processing and scale-out storage linked together by a high bandwidth network in a unique supercomputing topology that provides short-term project storage, batch computing, hosted and cloud computing services to the European academic and scientific research community, reducing the time it takes to test new ideas and get results; from months or weeks to days or hours.

Quobyte’s Data Center File System gives the JASMIN data facility the ability to unify their file, block, and object storage datasets in a centralized environment consisting of 11,500 cores on 600 nodes. In addition to having S3 connectivity, the Quobyte system also afforded the JASMIN administrators the ability to scale their storage capacity (currently at 42PB) and performance linearly with complete hardware independence while providing ease-of-management with very little staff due to the software’s ability to self-monitor, maintain, and heal. The software’s dashboard allows an administrator to easily monitor thousands of physical machines in real-time, easily identifying load or tracking down issues.

“We’re very pleased that our Data Center File System has been chosen by STFC to manage the JASMIN Phase 4 e-infrastructure upgrade,” said Felix Hupfeld, Quobyte Co-Founder and CTO. “The need to develop ever larger complex models and simulations and to manipulate ever larger sets of data brings in its wake demands for access to HPC and collaboration amongst individual groups on a global scale. Our file system solution provides the necessary foundation for JASMIN to enable STFC to provide an upgraded data science service and on-demand cloud computing capacity and flexibility to its 1,700 registered users, supporting over 160 science projects currently.”

About STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science and microelectronics, tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its wafer-scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar. STFC operates or hosts world-class experimental facilities in the UK: in addition to hosting JASMIN for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), it hosts the ISIS pulsed neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, and LOFAR, and is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd.

STFC enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). STFC is part of UK Research and Innovation in the UK under the direction of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). http://www.stfc.ac.uk/

STFC Scientific Computing Department (SCD)

SCD provides services and infrastructure for STFC. We work across a number of large facilities at both the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, which hosts JASMIN. We also have close links with other computing centres around the UK, including the Hartree Centre at Daresbury. SCD manages high performance computing facilities, services and infrastructure, supporting some of UK’s most advanced scientific facilities. Our staff, which is made up of approximately 160 computing experts, offer services and products that help the scientific community to make vital discoveries and deliver progress. The STFC Scientific Computing Department and STFC RAL Space’s Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA), jointly manage JASMIN.

About Quobyte

Building on a decade of research and experience with the open-source distributed file system XtreemFS and from working on Google’s infrastructure, Quobyte delivers on the promise of software defined storage for the world’s most demanding application environments including High Performance Computing (HPC), Media & Entertainment (M&E), Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Quobyte uniquely leverages hyperscaler parallel distributed file system technologies to unify file, block, and object storage. This allows customers to easily replace storage silos with a single, scalable storage system — significantly saving manpower, money, and time spent on storage management. Quobyte allows companies to scale storage capacity and performance linearly on commodity hardware while eliminating the need to expand administrative staff through the software’s ability to self-monitor, self-maintain, and self-heal. Please visit www.quobyte.com for more information.

Source: Quobyte Inc.

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

InfiniBand Still Tops in Supercomputing

July 19, 2018

In the competitive global HPC landscape, system and processor vendors, nations and end user sites certainly get a lot of attention--deservedly so--but more than ever, the network plays a crucial role. While fast, perform Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

HPC for Life: Genomics, Brain Research, and Beyond

July 19, 2018

During the past few decades, the life sciences have witnessed one landmark discovery after another with the aid of HPC, paving the way toward a new era of personalized treatments based on an individual’s genetic makeup Read more…

By Warren Froelich

WCRP’s New Strategic Plan for Climate Research Highlights the Importance of HPC

July 19, 2018

As climate modeling increasingly leverages exascale computing and researchers warn of an impending computing gap in climate research, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is developing its new Strategic Plan – and high-performance computing is slated to play a critical role. Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

HPE Extreme Performance Solutions

Introducing the First Integrated System Management Software for HPC Clusters from HPE

How do you manage your complex, growing cluster environments? Answer that big challenge with the new HPC cluster management solution: HPE Performance Cluster Manager. Read more…

IBM Accelerated Insights

Are Your Software Licenses Impeding Your Productivity?

In my previous article, Improving chip yield rates with cognitive manufacturing, I highlighted the costs associated with semiconductor manufacturing, and how cognitive methods can yield benefits in both design and manufacture.  Read more…

U.S. Exascale Computing Project Releases Software Technology Progress Report

July 19, 2018

As is often noted the race to exascale computing isn’t just about hardware. This week the U.S. Exascale Computing Project (ECP) released its latest Software Technology (ST) Capability Assessment Report detailing progress so far. Read more…

By John Russell

InfiniBand Still Tops in Supercomputing

July 19, 2018

In the competitive global HPC landscape, system and processor vendors, nations and end user sites certainly get a lot of attention--deservedly so--but more than Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

HPC for Life: Genomics, Brain Research, and Beyond

July 19, 2018

During the past few decades, the life sciences have witnessed one landmark discovery after another with the aid of HPC, paving the way toward a new era of perso Read more…

By Warren Froelich

D-Wave Breaks New Ground in Quantum Simulation

July 16, 2018

Last Friday D-Wave scientists and colleagues published work in Science which they say represents the first fulfillment of Richard Feynman’s 1982 notion that Read more…

By John Russell

AI Thought Leaders on Capitol Hill

July 14, 2018

On Thursday, July 12, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology heard from four academic and industry leaders – representatives from Berkeley Lab, Argonne Lab, GE Global Research and Carnegie Mellon University – on the opportunities springing from the intersection of machine learning and advanced-scale computing. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

HPC Serves as a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for the Information Age

July 12, 2018

In an age defined and transformed by its data, several large-scale scientific instruments around the globe might be viewed as a ‘mother lode’ of precious data. With names seemingly created for a ‘techno-speak’ glossary, these interferometers, cyclotrons, sequencers, solenoids, satellite altimeters, and cryo-electron microscopes are churning out data in previously unthinkable and seemingly incomprehensible quantities -- billions, trillions and quadrillions of bits and bytes of electro-magnetic code. Read more…

By Warren Froelich

Tsinghua Powers Through ISC18 Field

July 10, 2018

Tsinghua University topped all other competitors at the ISC18 Student Cluster Competition with an overall score of 88.43 out of 100. This gives Tsinghua their s Read more…

By Dan Olds

HPE, EPFL Launch Blue Brain 5 Supercomputer

July 10, 2018

HPE and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausannne (EPFL) Blue Brain Project yesterday introduced Blue Brain 5, a new supercomputer built by HPE, which displ Read more…

By John Russell

Pumping New Life into HPC Clusters, the Case for Liquid Cooling

July 10, 2018

High Performance Computing (HPC) faces some daunting challenges in the coming years as traditional, industry-standard systems push the boundaries of data center Read more…

By Scott Tease

Leading Solution Providers

SC17 Booth Video Tours Playlist

Altair @ SC17


AMD @ SC17


ASRock Rack @ SC17

ASRock Rack



DDN Storage @ SC17

DDN Storage

Huawei @ SC17


IBM @ SC17


IBM Power Systems @ SC17

IBM Power Systems

Intel @ SC17


Lenovo @ SC17


Mellanox Technologies @ SC17

Mellanox Technologies

Microsoft @ SC17


Penguin Computing @ SC17

Penguin Computing

Pure Storage @ SC17

Pure Storage

Supericro @ SC17


Tyan @ SC17


Univa @ SC17


  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Share This