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The Hyper-Converged Approach to Storage – a Natural Next Step

Laura Sheppard DDN

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Laura Shepard, Sr. Director Vertical and Product Marketing at DDN looks at trends in commodity hardware, specifically a converged approach to storage and the many benefits it offers to supercomputing professionals.

Dell Equips PowerEdge Servers with Bright Cluster Manager for HPC Environments


Today Bright Computing announced that the latest version of its Bright Cluster Manager software is now integrated with Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge server portfolio. The integration enables systems administrators to easily deploy and configure Dell infrastructure using Bright Cluster Manager.

Podcast: Dell Panels on NSCI and the Convergence of Big Data Coming to SC15


In this podcast, Stephen Sofhauser from Dell describes what’s coming up at the company’s exhibit at SC15 in Austin. With a 50×50 exhibit and two booth theaters, Dell will showcase how customers are using their technology to solve their toughest computational problems. “Our own Rich Brueckner from insideHPC will host a pair of panel discussions in the Dell booth #1009 on Wednesday, Nov. 18.”

TACC to Speed Lonestar Supercomputer with DDN SFA14K

Lonestar Supercomputer

Today DDN announced that the Texas Advanced Computing Center has selected the company’s new SFA14KTM to deliver the performance, capacity and density needed for TACC’s latest Lonestar supercomputer. With 50 percent more cores and four times the performance of its predecessor, Lonestar 5 required the most advanced storage solution to support an exponential surge in big data resulting from hundreds of diverse research projects in astronomy, computational science, physics, bioinformatics, biomedicine, climate change, life sciences and more.

Seagate SSDs Boost Analytics on Comet Supercomputer


The San Diego Supercomputer Center is adding 800GB Seagate SAS SSDs to significantly boost the data analytics capability of its Comet supercomputer. To expand its node-local storage capacity for data-intensive workloads, device pairs will be added to all 72 compute nodes in one rack of Comet, alongside the existing SSDs. This will bring the flash storage in a single node to almost 2TB, with total rack capacity at more than 138TB.

Los Alamos Orders D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer


Today D-Wave Systems announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory will acquire and install the latest D-Wave quantum computer, the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X system. Los Alamos, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, will lead a collaboration within the Department of Energy and with select university partners to explore the capabilities and applications of quantum annealing technology, consistent with the goals of the government-wide National Strategic Computing Initiative.

ESnet and NERSC Build 400G Production Network


The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network.

DDN Introduces the World’s Fastest Hybrid SSD and Hyper-Converged Storage


Today DDN announced the new DDN SFA14K and SFA14KE high performance hybrid storage platforms. According to DDN, the new SFA14K and SFA14KE deliver the world’s fastest, densest storage with more than 6 million IOPS and 60GB/sec in 4U with scalability to nearly 7PB of capacity in a single rack.

With APEX, National Labs Collaborate to Develop Next-Gen Supercomputers


Today Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley, and Sandia national laboratories announced the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX). The new collaboration will focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems.

Nimbix Speeds Cloud HPC with New JARVICE Platform


Today Nimbix announced the release of its JARVICE 2.0 cloud platform. As Nimbix’s Platform-as-a-Service for big data and HPC applications, JARVICE simplifies compute-intensive engineering/simulation, rendering and analytics by reducing complex configuration and tedious data movement.