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Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 1

“The Lustre User Group (LUG) 2016 conference is well under way. The morning of the first day was spent on looking at Lustre today and tomorrow and security developments in the code. Peter Jones and Andreas Dilger described what is in the newest release of Lustre 2.8 and will be in Lustre 2.9, targeted for release this fall, and beyond. These features include growing support for ZFS, security, multi-rail LNET, progressive file layouts, project quotas, and more.”

Seagate Adopts Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre

Today 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.

Video: Seagate Exascale HPC Storage

“Traditionally, storage have been using brute force rather than intelligent design to deliver the required throughputs but the current trend is to design balanced systems with full utilization of the back-end storage and other related components. These new systems need to use fine grained power control all the way down to individual disk drives as well as tools for continuous monitoring and management of these systems. In addition, the storage solutions of tomorrow needs to support multiple tiers including backend archiving systems supported by HSM as well multiple file systems if required. This presentation is intended to provide a short update of where Seagate HPC storage is today.”

Seagate and LANL to Heat Up Data Archiving For Supercomputers

Seagate Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory are researching a new storage tier to enable massive data archiving for supercomputing. The joint effort is aimed at determining innovative new ways to keep massive amounts of stored data available for rapid access, while also minimizing power consumption and improving the quality of data-driven research. Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, Seagate and Los Alamos are working together on power-managed disk and software solutions for deep data archiving, which represents one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations that must juggle increasingly massive amounts of data using very little additional energy.

Henry Newman on Why Workloads Matter More Than IOPS

Over at Enterprise Storage Forum, Henry Newman looks at why we should focus on how much work gets done rather than specifications as disk drives and SSDs get faster and faster. This is not a new rant for Henry, and in fact the importance of workflow over bandwidth or IOPs is the main theme at this year’s Mass Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) coming up in May.

Seagate Demonstrates 10 GB/sec SSD Flash Drive for OCP

Today Seagate unveiled a production-ready unit of the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second. The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards. “The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance.”

Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage

Oil and gas exploration is always a challenging endeavor, and with today’s large risks and rewards, optimizing the process is of critical importance. A whole range of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies need to be employed for fast and accurate decision making. This Intersect360 Research whitepaper, Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage, is an excellent summary of the challenges and solutions that are being address by storage solutions from Seagate.

Seagate to Power CEA Supercomputing Data Management Infrastructure

Today Seagate announced that the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has selected the Seagate ClusterStor L300 for its GS1K HPC storage needs. GS1K is the next-generation supercomputing data management infrastructure for CEA’s Military Applications Division.

China’s HPC Vendors Look to US and European Markets

Who are the world’s most important vendors of supercomputers, at least as measured by the number of systems they have in the Top500? HP is the leader with a 31 per cent share; Cray is number two with just under 14 per cent. So far, so unsurprising. But what has been little remarked upon is that in third place – with 49 systems, or 9.8 per cent of the Top500 list – is the Chinese vendor, Sugon. And both Sugon and Inspur, the other main Chinese vendor, have their sights set on expanding still further, with trade missions to Europe and setting up partnerships and subsidiaries in both Europe and the USA.

Slidecast: Seagate Beefs Up ClusterStor at SC15

In this video from SC15, Larry Jones from Seagate provides an overview of the company’s revamped HPC storage product line, including a new 10,000 RPM ClusterStor hard disk drive tailor-made for the HPC market. “ClusterStor integrates the latest in Big Data technologies to deliver class-leading ingest speeds, massively scalable capacities to more than 100PB and the ability to handle a variety of mixed workloads.”