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Interview: Why DDN is Dominating the TOP500

Today DDN announced it has increased its leadership as the dominant storage provider of the world’s fastest supercomputers for the eighth consecutive year with storage solutions that power more than 70 percent of identifiable sites on the most recent TOP500 list. To learn more, we caught up with the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Molly Rector. “We’ve led the TOP500 list for eight consecutive years and continue to increase our leadership margin – most recently boosting our presence to an unprecedented 70% of the identifiable largest supercomputing sites worldwide.”

Lustre Powers FrostByte HPC Storage from Penguin Computing

FrostByte is a complete solution that integrates Penguin Computing’s new Scyld FrostByte software with an optimized high-performance storage platform. FrostByte will support multiple open software storage technologies including Lustre, Ceph, GlusterFS and Swift, and will first be available with Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre. The entry-level FrostByte is a single rack with 500TB of highly available storage that can deliver up to 18GB/s and 500K/s metadata ops/s over Intel Omni-Path, Mellanox EDR InfiniBand or Penguin Arctica 100GbE network solutions. A single FrostByte “Scalable Unit” can deliver up to 15PB and greater than 500GB/s in 5 racks. Multiple Scalable Units can be combined to scale up to 100s of petabytes and 10s of terabytes/sec of aggregate storage bandwidth.

Dell Brings Supercomputing Power to Mainstream Enterprises

“While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC. “As a clear leader in HPC, Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based upon years of experience powering the world’s most advanced academic and research institutions. With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver both breakthroughs and business results.”

Cray Adds Intel Xeon Phi Processor to Flagship Line of Supercomputers

Today Cray introduced new performance breakthroughs that will provide customers with the fastest Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems to date. “Our customers are taking on increasingly complex computational problems that are expanding the boundaries of supercomputing and storage performance capabilities,” said Ryan Waite, Cray’s senior vice president of products. “We partner closely with our customers to understand their unique requirements and deliver new systems that deliver peak performance. For many of our customers, Intel Xeon Phi processors and Lustre parallel file systems are critical components of their supercomputing infrastructure. Our close collaboration with Intel helps to ensure our Intel Xeon Phi processor-based solutions scale to the most demanding performance requirements and our close partnership with Seagate helps scale Lustre to new levels of performance and stability.”

DDN Launches ES14K Storage Appliance with Intel Lustre for the Enterprise

“With more than a decade of experience in designing, installing and supporting Lustre-based storage, DDN is the most experienced Lustre provider and has worked closely with us over many years to design optimized Lustre-based storage systems. DDN’s latest ES14K offering delivers a high-performing, high density appliance for the HPC market built on Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre,” said Brent Gorda, GM of Intel’s High Performance Data Division.

Interview: Ken Claffey on Seagate HPC Innovation On Deck at ISC 2016

“One of the benefits of our ClusterStor modular architecture is its flexibility – we can deliver a very comparable performance with either Lustre or Spectrum Scale on the same extensible architecture. There are two key reasons for that balance of performance and flexibility. Firstly, we have a unique scale out storage architecture with a distributed processing model, meaning you’re not tied to a centralized legacy RAID controller hardware. Secondly, there is no proprietary hardware or RAID firmware in the system. All the software runs in a standard Linux environment, so we are able to take our software stack and it is really agnostic as to whether we are running with Lustre or SS.”

Lustre and ZFS to Power New Parallel File System at LLNL

Today RAID Inc. announced a contract to provide Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a custom parallel file system solution for its unclassified computing environment. RAID will deliver a 17PB file system able to sustain up to 180 GB/s. These high performance, cost-effective solutions are designed to meet LLNL’s current and future demands for parallel access data storage.

Full Listing of Ancilliary Events at ISC 2016

With ISC 2016 coming up in June, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. We’ve compiled a full listing for what looks to be an exciting week in the history of high performance computing.

Video: Lustre Update from Seagate Technologies

Peter Bojanic presented this talk at LUG 2016 in Portland. “At LUG 2016, Seagate announced it will incorporate Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL), a big data software platform, into its market-leading ClusterStor storage architecture for high-performance computing. The move will strengthen Seagate’s HPC data storage product line and provide customers with an additional choice of Lustre parallel file systems to help drive advancements in the HPC and big data market.”

Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* Software—High-performance File System

Intel has been working on a new HPC design philosophy for HPC systems called Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF), an approach designed to enable sustained, balanced performance in HPC as the community pushes towards the Exascale computing era. Central to Intel SSF performance is the Lustre* scalable, parallel file system (PFS). Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre software (Intel® EE for Lustre software) is the Intel distribution of the well-known PFS, which is used by the majority of the fastest supercomputers around the world.