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Livestream: 2017 MSST Mass Storage Conference

We are very excited to bring you this livestream of the 2017 MSST Conference in Santa Clara. We’ll be broadcasting all the talks Wednesday, May 17 starting at 8:30am PDT.

Memory Driven Computing in the Spotlight at MSST Conference Next Week

The MSST Mass Storage Conference in Silicon Valley is just a few days away, and the agenda is packed with High Performance Computing topics. In one of the invited talks, Kimberly Keeton from Hewlett Packard Enterprise speak on Memory Driven Computing. We caught up Kimberly to learn more.

IBM Supports New Faster Protocols for NVMe Flash Storage

Today IBM announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. “IBM’s developers are re-tooling the end-to-end storage stack to support this new, faster interconnect protocol to boost the experience of everyone consuming the massive amounts of data now being perpetuated across cloud services, retail, banking, travel and other industries.”

Interview: Peter Braam on How Campaign Storage Bridges the Small & Big, Fast & Slow

Peter Braam is well-known in the HPC Community for his early work with Lustre and other projects like the SKA telescope Science Data Processor. As one of the featured speakers at the upcoming MSST Mass Storage Conference, Braam will describe how his Campaign Storage Startup provides tools for massive parallel data movement between the new low cost, industry standard campaign storage tiers with premium storage for performance or availability.

Backblaze to Report Latest Hard Drive Failure Stats at MSST 2017

At MSST 2017, Andrew Klein from Backblaze will present on what they’ve learned about hard drives over the years including failure rates by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens. “Currently we have over 80,000 drives ranging from 3 to 8TB. Let’s take a look at what we learned over the years about hard drives, including failure rates, by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens.”

European Exascale System Interconnect & Storage

“The project, called ExaNeSt, is based on ARM processors, originally developed for mobile and embedded applications. Where ExaNeSt differs from Mont Blanc, however, is a focus on networking and on the design of applications. ExaNeSt is co-designing the hardware and software, enabling the prototype to run real-life evaluations – facilitating a stable, scalable platform that will be used to encourage the development of HPC applications for use on this ARM based supercomputing architecture.”

Mark III Systems Becomes Cray Solutions Provider

Today Cray announced it has signed a solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems to develop, market and sell solutions that leverage Cray’s portfolio of supercomputing and big data analytics systems. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Cray to deliver unique platforms and data-driven solutions to our joint clients, especially around the key opportunities of data analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive compute, and deep learning,” said Chris Bogan, Mark III’s director of business development and alliances. “Combined with Mark III’s full stack approach of helping clients capitalize on the big data and digital transformation opportunities, we think that this partnership offers enterprises and organizations the ability to differentiate and win in the marketplace in the digital era.”

Video: HPC Trends for 2017

In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Michael Feldman from TOP500.org presents an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and beyond. “Emerging areas of focus and opportunities to expand will be explored along with insightful observations needed to support measurably positive decision making within your operations.”

OCF Builds POWER8 Supercomputer for Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK

High Performance Computing integrator OCF is supporting scientific research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), with the design, testing and implementation of a new HPC cluster and a separate big data storage system. “The new HPC system is built on IBM’s POWER8 architecture and a separate parallel file system, called Cedar 3, built on IBM Spectrum Scale. In early benchmark testing, Cedar 3 is operating 10 times faster than the previous high-performance storage system at AWE. Both server and storage systems use IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup and recovery.”

High Performance Interconnects – Assessments, Rankings and Landscape

Dan Olds from OrionX.net presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “Dan Olds will present recent research into the history of High Performance Interconnects (HPI), the current state of the HPI market, where HPIs are going in the future, and how customers should evaluate HPI options today. This will be a highly informative and interactive session.”