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DDN steps up with Professional Support for Lustre Clients on Arm Platforms

At SC18 in Dallas, DDN announced that its Whamcloud division is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With this support offering, organizations can confidently use Lustre in production environments, introduce new clients into existing Lustre infrastructures, and deploy Arm-based clusters of any size within test, development or production environments. As the use of Lustre continues to expand across HPC, artificial intelligence and data-intensive, performance-driven applications, the deployment of alternative architectures is on the rise.

With DDN’s Whamcloud division now fully supporting the Lustre client on Arm-based systems, users have more choice and can now introduce Arm into their mission-critical Lustre infrastructures with confidence,” said Robert Triendl, senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and field services at DDN. “Whamcloud’s support is timely and aligns with market demand as customers seek an expanded range of alternative architectures such as Arm-based hardware.”

Arm’s advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in more than 130 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the edge to the hyperscale. Arm’s expanding momentum in the high-performance computing market is evidenced with recent announcements of deployments on Marvell ThunderX2 64-bit Armv8-A processor by leading research and scientific customers, such as Sandia National Laboratories with the Astra Supercomputer.

The adoption of Arm-based systems in HPC is accelerating to support users at all stages of their application development and providing more options for the diverse range of organizations deploying HPC systems,” said Brent Gorda, senior director of HPC, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Whamcloud’s support for Lustre on Arm is a key enabler for broader adoption of Arm in HPC and delivers more architecture options for the HPC community.”

Long recognized as a staple technology for those with the most demanding data requirements, Lustre is deployed in thousands of data centers in healthcare, energy, manufacturing, financial services, academia, research and HPC labs, and consistently is selected by top 100 HPC sites as the file system of choice for the world’s fastest computers.

Lustre is critical to scalable, high performance system solutions, and deployments continue to expand across the globe,” said Mike Vildibill, vice president, Advanced Technologies Group, HPE. “Collaborating with Whamcloud enables us to advance Lustre adoption for all of our customers, spanning a diversity of system platforms.”

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