Emirates Team New Zealand needed a high-performance computing (HPC) environment to design a new class of multihull boats for the 2013 America’s Cup competition. The HPC horsepower was essential to design and build two massive 72-foot catamarans for racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series and the America’s Cup finals.
System availability has become an increasing concern as high capacity drives have come to market in recent years. While availability has not traditionally been a chief concern in HPC, it has now become of paramount importance. Large capacity drives expose systems to multiple-day rebuild times and extended periods of vulnerability to data loss using traditional hardware based RAID.
From Wall Street to the Great Wall, enterprises and institutions of all sizes are faced with the benefits – and challenges – promised by ‘Big Data’. But before users can take advantage of the near limitless potential locked within their data, they must have affordable, scalable and powerful software tools to manage the data.