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Nyriad and ThinkParQ Announce Partnership to Certify GPU-accelerated Storage

Today Nyriad and ThinkParQ announced a partnership to develop a certification program for high performance, resilient storage systems that combine BeeGFS with NSULATE, Nyriad’s solution for GPU-accelerated storage-processing.

We believe this is the beginning of a fantastic partnership between two innovative software companies with similar roots in the high performance computing community said ThinkParQ CEO Frank Herold. “BeeGFS was developed at the Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing, while Nyriad’s NSULATE was originally developed from a partnership with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia. We want to bring our expertise to the wider storage industry by creating new standards for performance and reliability suitable for the coming generation of exascale systems.”

BeeGFS was developed at the Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing, while Nyriad’s NSULATE was originally developed from a partnership with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia. We want to bring our expertise to the wider storage industry by creating new standards for performance and reliability suitable for the coming generation of exascale systems.”

The certification program will support storage vendors efforts to bring next-generation storage systems to their customers that utilise NVIDIA GPUs for high integrity data storage.

ThinkParQ is the company behind the popular BeeGFS file system, which is growing quickly in the high performance computing and high-performance data analysis markets where Lustre has traditionally been deployed. Nyriad and Advanced HPC recently announced Orion, the first storage server that uses Nyriad’s NSULATE technology to store data in parallel across 100 devices. The server has been adopted by Oregon State University’s Computational Biology Research Centre (CBRC) and will be one of the first reference systems certified under the programme.

NSULATE complements BeeGFS to enable high performance, scale out parallel file systems with data resilience beyond RAID. NSULATE enables high performance from BeeGFS and XFS even in the face of a large number of simultaneous drive failures, critical for maintaining I/O throughput when dealing with extremely large datasets typical in HPC.

As the demand for high performance computing expands beyond R&D, more enterprises need the performance and capabilities of parallel file systems without sacrificing data protection,” Nyriad CEO Matthew Simmons. “The testing and certification of storage systems wishing to achieve both high performance and reliability is critical for our customers.”

The certification program will be available to system integrators and component manufacturers looking to develop GPU-optimized storage offerings to their customers or collaborate on reference systems.

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