This week Penguin Computing announced their new Icebreaker HPC family of scalable, high performance file-system solutions based on EMC VNX and EMC Isilon storage. Currently available with either Lustre or NFS file-systems, the Icebreaker HPC family integrates EMC VNX and EMC Isilon platforms with Penguins standard rack infrastructure in a form factor that allows the easy addition of other HPC solutions.
As a company that has built HPC Cluster systems since its earliest days, we have always been cognizant of our customers’ increasingly complex storage needs”, said Tom Coull, CEO Penguin Computing, “But now, working with EMC, we are able together to deliver a new family of enterprise grade storage solutions based on VNX and Isilon that complement and address the whole range of data storage requirements for current and future generations of large-scale supercomputing systems.”
For HPC scalability, Icebreaker HPC leverages a combination of many 42U racks in concert, each of which can hold as many as 600 disk drives and deliver up to 2.5 PBytes of usable storage. By using Penguin’s networking/interconnect solutions together with EMC’s highly reliable storage platforms in a high-availability, fault-tolerant architecture, Penguin is able to deliver non-stop file-system access with aggregate bandwidth in excess of hundreds of gigabytes per second.
Penguin offers compute, storage and networking solutions for both Open Rack and conventional 19’’ EIA racks. Icebreaker HPC expands Penguin Computing’s traditional high performance storage solutions and establishes a new architecture for current and future high performance storage solutions.