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NetApp to Acquire SolidFire for All-Flash SSDs

Today NetApp announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. Founded in 2010, SolidFire is a market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next-generation data center where simple scaling, set-and-forget management, assured performance and multi-tenancy, and cloud economic models are driving new market growth.

Video: SGI Looks to Zero Copy Architecture for HPC and Big Data

In this video from SC15, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI describes how the company is embracing new HPC technology trends such as new memory hierarchies. With the convergence of HPC and Big Data as a growing trend, SGI is envisions a “Zero Copy Architecture” that would bring together a traditional supercomputer with a Big Data analytics machine in a way that would not require users to move their data between systems.

ESI Opens New European HPC Center

Today the French ESI Group announced the opening of its new European HPC Center. The datacenter is now based on the Teratec Campus, an ideal location to launch collaborative High-Performance Computing projects as it is in the vicinity of Europe’s biggest HPC center: the CEA’s Très Grand Centre de Calcul. The new datacenter will effectively act as ESI’s POD (Point of Delivery), serving all ESI offices across Europe as a platform for ESI’s new software development and engineering services alike. ESI teamed up with Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures to meet the technical challenges surrounding this project.

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.

Lustre: This is Not Your Grandmother’s (or Grandfather’s) Parallel File System

“Over the last several years, an enormous amount of development effort has gone into Lustre to address users’ enterprise-related requests. Their work is not only keeping Lustre extremely fast (the Spider II storage system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) that supports OLCF’s Titan supercomputer delivers 1 TB/s ; and Data Oasis, supporting the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) supports thousands of users with 300GB/s throughput) but also making it an enterprise-class parallel file system that has since been deployed for many mission-critical applications, such as seismic processing and analysis, regional climate and weather modeling, and banking.”

Video: Blazegraph Accelerates Graph Computing with GPUs

“Analytics applied over complex, many-to-many data relationships hit the ‘Graph Cache Thrash’ bottleneck and grind to a halt, failing to deliver good performance or to operate at scale,” said Brad Bebee, SYSTAP CEO. “GPU hardware provides a compelling performance increase for data-intensive, predictive analytic applications. With Blazegraph and our new GPU products, users can harness the computing power comparable to what was only available from supercomputers, such as a Cray, at a fraction of the cost.”

Oracle Acquires StackEngine Startup to Automate Docker

On December 18, Oracle closed an agreement to acquire StackEngine, an Austin-based startup focused on Docker automation. All StackEngine employees will be joining Oracle as part of Oracle Public Cloud.

ClusterVision Trinity Private Cloud Moves to UberCloud HPC Application Containers

Today ClusterVision and UberCloud formally announced the integration of UberCloud Application Containers with Trinity, ClusterVision’s private cloud solution. Trinity provides a complete HPC cluster manager on top of a cloud platform capable of managing HPC, general IT, and Big Data, bringing the flexibility of Platform-as-a-Service to HPC.

Use-Cases and Methods for Scalable Enterprise HPC in the Cloud

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC15, David Pellerin, HPC Business Development Principal at Amazon Web presents: Use-Cases and Methods for Scalable Enterprise HPC in the Cloud.

HPC Myths Need Not Hamper the Technology’s Growth

In this special guest feature, Kristin Hansen, Chief Marketing Officer at Bright Computing writes that HPC doesn’t need to be held back by commonly held misconceptions.