Ed Turkel and Percy Tzelnic from Dell Technologies presented this pair of talks at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “This week, Dell Technologies announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio.”
Jeff Bonwick from EMC DSSD presented this talk at the MSST conference. “Jeff Bonwick is co-founder and CTO of DSSD, where he co-invented both the system hardware architecture and the Flood software stack. His talk will focus on extracting maximum performance from flash at scale. Jeff has a long history of developing at-scale storage starting with leading the team that developed the ZFS filesystem, which powers Oracle’s ZFS storage line as well as numerous startups including Nexenta, Delphix, Joyent, and Datto.”
We caught up Jeff Bonwick from DSSD to learn more about their exciting storage technology for HPC. “Our mission statement was four words: fastest storage on earth. That was our singular goal from day one, which gave the team incredible focus and clarity. Whenever we had to make a tradeoff between performance and something else, performance always won. Always. And it just so happens that when you aim for performance, density comes along for the ride because the more flash chips you have working in parallel, the faster it goes.”
In this TACC Podcast, Jorge Salazar reports that scientists and engineers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center have created Wrangler, a new kind of supercomputer to handle Big Data.
“EMC has acquired DSSD, a stealth-mode company known to be developing a chip that would improve the performance and reliability of flash memory for high performance computing, newer data analytics, and networking. DSSD was founded by ZFS-creators Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore and its chairman is Sun Microsystems’s co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim.”