Scalable Informatics introduces new storage cluster

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Our friends over at Scalable Informatics let us know via the emails a couple days ago (I’ve been sick; sorry Joe) about a new product they’ve just released: the siCluster storage cluster system

Scalable Informatics logo“By leveraging JackRabbit high performance, tightly-coupled storage or Delta-V value-priced storage, siCluster enables you to scale uncompromising per-node performance and massive per-node capacity to whatever level you require, whether it’s two terabytes or hundreds of petabytes of raw storage,” said Dr. Joseph Landman, CEO and founder of Scalable Informatics.

Along with a high performance network fabric such as InfiniBand or 10GbE, siCluster incorporates GlusterFS™ from Gluster, Inc.™ in its standard configuration. This system enables users to scale siCluster’s storage capacity by adding additional storage nodes without compromising performance or reliability. I/O and network performance scale up as more Scalable Informatics storage nodes are added.

The system scales from terabytes to hundreds of petabytes, and is built for high performance

“The bandwidth wall, common on many other storage designs, is absent in siCluster,” noted Dr. Landman. “An 8-node JackRabbit JR5-based siCluster has been measured providing 16GB/s read and 12GB/s write across 32 nodes for 32 simultaneous IOzone processes. This performance is becoming increasingly needed in today’s research, and business computing environments.”

Great name, by the way. You can find out more in the release linked above or at the product web page,

UPDATE: Joe’s team has already announced an installation at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute

“The Scalable Informatics storage solution provides MSI with a high-performing, scalable storage system for our newest supercomputer,” said Brian D. Ropers-Huilman, Director of Systems Administration and Technical Operations at MSI. “Scalable’s design and choice of the Gluster file system will give MSI the bandwidth to allow our researchers to utilize Itasca with 8,664 cores at full scale. Scalable’s system offered the best price to performance to capacity ratio to MSI.”


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