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Podcast: IBM Researchers Store Data on a Single Atom

Today IBM announced it has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom – and stored one bit of data on it. Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit. The ability to read and write one bit on one atom creates new possibilities for developing significantly smaller and denser storage devices, that could someday, for example, enable storing the entire iTunes library of 35 million songs on a device the size of a credit card.

Intel Joins iRODS Consortium to Better Integrate Lustre

Today the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) Consortium announced that Intel Corporation has joined their membership-based foundation. “As a consortium member, Intel plans to improve integration between iRODS, the free open source software for data virtualization, data discovery, workflow automation, and secure collaboration, and Lustre, an open source parallel distributed file system used for computing on large-scale high performance computing clusters. Membership in the consortium is a first step in offering an integrated tiered solution to Lustre end-users that allows them to easily move data sets from HPC systems into less costly long-term storage systems, where the data can be managed, shared and kept secure using iRODS.”

HPE to Acquire Nimble Storage

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced an agreement to acquire Nimble Storage, the California-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE will pay $12.50 per share in cash, representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE will assume or pay out Nimble’s unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing. “Nimble Storage’s portfolio complements and strengthens our current 3PAR products in the high-growth flash storage market and will help us deliver on our vision of making Hybrid IT simple for our customers,” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “And, this acquisition is exactly aligned with the strategy and capital allocation approach we’ve laid out. We remain focused on high-growth and higher-margin segments of the market.”

Call for Papers: Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS)

The Second Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS) has issued its Call for Papers. The one-day workshop will be held jointly with ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems aims to present state-of-the-art research, innovative ideas, and experience that focus on the design and implementation of HPC storage systems in both academic and industrial worlds, with a special interest on their performance analysis. The arrival of new storage technologies and scales unseen in previous practice lead to significant loss of performance predictability. This will leave storage system designers, application developers and the storage community at large in the difficult situation of not being able to precisely detect bottlenecks, evaluate the room for improvement, or estimate the matching of applications with a given storage architecture.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Storj Blockchain Technology in the Cloud

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a Startup called Storj, which will pay you to use your excess data capacity as cloud-based storage based on Blockchain technology. “Our mission is to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That’s why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data.”

DDN Ranked #1 in HPC Storage Market

Today DDN announced that it was once again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360 Research. “High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. “Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for traditional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure.”

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Rugged 4U All-Flash Array Data Storage Unit

Today One Stop Systems introduced an all-flash array Data Storage Unit. The Data Storage Unit is available in both a rugged version and a commercial version. The rugged version as deployed in a military aircraft is an all-flash array capable of supplying 200TB of usable PCIe NVMe flash and a DOD approved flash file system that has been a part of numerous government programs. “One Stop Systems’ expertise in PCIe expansion has helped evolve our flash products from purely expansion systems to powerful all-flash arrays,” said Steve Cooper, OSS CEO. “All-flash arrays have increasingly replaced traditional spinning disks in environments ranging from mobile devices to data centers and defense vehicles. Both the commercial and the rugged versions provide a new level of performance for applications such as real-time HPC analytics, big data and high speed data recording.”

GPUs and Flash in Radar Simulation and Anti-Submarine Warfare Applications

In this week’s Sponsored Post, Katie Garrison, of One Stop Systems explains how GPUs and Flash solutions are used in radar simulation and anti-submarine warfare applications. “High-performance compute and flash solutions are not just used in the lab anymore. Government agencies, particularly the military, are using GPUs and flash for complex applications such as radar simulation, anti-submarine warfare and other areas of defense that require intensive parallel processing and large amounts of data recording.”

Hammer PLC to Distribute Spectra Logic Storage in Europe

Today UK-based Hammer PLC announced that it will be a distributer of Spectra Logic storage technology in Europe. “This is an excellent opportunity to increase our high-performance computing offering to our partners and customers,” said Jason Beeson, Hammer’s Commercial Director. “By adding Spectra Logic’s bespoke data workflow storage solutions we can reach a whole new genre of highly data-dependent users who are seeking a complete data workflow, from input and day-to-day use right through to deep storage and archiving.”

Interview: Cray’s Steve Scott on What’s Next for Supercomputing

In this video from KAUST, Steve Scott from at Cray explains where supercomputing is going and why there is a never-ending demand for faster and faster computers. Responsible for guiding Cray’s long term product roadmap in high-performance computing, storage and data analytics, Mr. Scott is chief architect of several generations of systems and interconnects at Cray.