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DDN Storage Enables NCAR to Advance Weather and Climate Science

Today DDN announced that the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has selected DDN’s new SFA14K high-performance hyper-converged storage platform to drive the performance and deliver the capacity needed for scientific breakthroughs in climate, weather and atmospheric-related science to power its Cheyenne supercomputer. “Having a centralized, large-scale storage resource delivers a real benefit to our scientists,” said Anke Kamrath, director of the operations and services division at NCAR’s computing lab. “With the new system, we have a balance between capacity and performance so that researchers will be able to start looking at the model output immediately without having to move data around. Now, they’ll be able to get right down to the work of analyzing the results and figuring out what the models reveal.”

Video: Overcoming Storage Roadblocks in HPC Clouds

“The virtually infinite scale of cloud compute resources is now within easy reach from either existing network-attached or object-based storage. No longer is the location of your storage a roadblock to reaping the ease, timeliness, and cost offered by cloud compute services. Avere’s Enterprise Cloud Bursting solution utilizes the Virtual FXT Edge filer (vFXT) which puts high-performance, scalable NAS where you need it to enable massive compute on-demand for enterprise apps with simple installation and zero hardware maintenance. Avere makes your NAS data accessible to cloud compute without experiencing latency or requiring that your data be moved to the cloud.”

NSF’s iPlant Rebrands to CyVerse, Provides Data Management and Computation Across Scientific Disciplines

The National Science Foundation’s premier data management platform for the life sciences has rebranded, shedding the project’s original label of iPlant Collaborative and donning the new name CyVerse. The rebrand emphasizes the project’s capacity to provide data management and computation services beyond plant sciences, for collaborations across scientific disciplines.

OCF Deploys Fujitsu HPC Cluster at University of East Anglia

OCF in the U.K. recently deployed a new Fujitsu HPC cluster at the University of East Anglia. As the University’s second new HPC system in 4-years, the cluster can be easily scaled and expanded in the coming months through a framework agreement to match rapidly increasing demand for compute power.

Astronomers Using iRODS to Wrangle Massive Survey Data

Astronomers are using iRODs data technology to study the evolution of galaxies and the nature of dark matter. “By partnering with data specialists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) who develop the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) researchers and students now have online databases for two large astronomical data sets: the REsolved Spectroscopy of a Local VolumE (RESOLVE) survey and the Environmental COntext (ECO) catalog.”

DDN Announces Winners of the 2015 Pioneer Awards

Today DDN announced the winners of the 2015 Pioneer User Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate visionary individuals, organizations and/or multiple people who are embracing leading-edge high performance computing technologies to shatter long-standing technical limits and to accelerate business results and scientific insights.

ProphetStor Leverages Mellanox Tech for Next-Gen Cloud Computing

Today ProphetStor Data Services rolled out a reference cloud computing platform with Mellanox based on the open-source projects OpenStack and Ceph. The solution leverages each company’s respective strength in software-defined-storage, state-of-the-art server hardware, and high-speed networking. Based on ProphetStor Federator SDS, this joint project addresses the key issues of OpenStack’s storage management solution as well as improving the functionality and performance of Ceph, the de facto storage backend for OpenStack.

HPC Cloud Data Management at AWS

In this video from the Cycle Computing the HPC in the Cloud Educational Series, Jeff Layton, HPC Principal Architect at Amazon Web Services, explains concepts and options around using storage in the AWS Cloud.

Lustre and Persistent Storage

Lustre was originally developed as the fastest scratch file system for HPC workloads that supercomputer centers could get, but has over the years matured to be an enterprise-class parallel file system supporting mission-critical workloads. Unfortunately, in spite of Lustre having become extremely attractive to enterprises and adopted by IT departments, some naysayers continue toclaim that Lustre is still just a scratch file system. We in the Lustre community see quite a different picture.

Cleversafe takes Software Defined Storage to Industry Standard Hardware

Today IBM’s Cleversafe announced its software defined/hardware aware storage approach to enable organizations with massive-scale data demands to easily take advantage of software defined storage (SDS) with a solution that integrates with industry-standard hardware. The Cleversafe approach reduces cost and complexity by enabling enterprises to manage their storage hardware and software from a single management system. The company also announced newly certified hardware platforms, giving enterprise customers even greater deployment flexibility.