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Behind the Curtain of Backblaze Hard Drive Stats

In this video from the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference, Andrew Klein from Backblaze shares the results from their latest disk drive reliability study. “For the last four years, Backblaze has collected and reported on the failure rates and SMART stats of the hard drives in use in our data centers. Currently we have over 80,000 drives ranging from 3 to 8TB. Let’s take a look at what we learned over the years about hard drives, including failure rates, by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens.”

Eric Barton Joins DDN as CTO for Software-Defined Storage

Today DDN appointed Eric Barton as the company’s chief technology officer for software-defined storage. In this role, Barton will lead the company’s strategic roadmap, technology architecture and product design for DDN’s newly created Infinite Memory Engine business unit. Barton brings with him more than 30 years of technology innovation, entrepreneurship and expertise in networking, distributed systems and storage software.

Kimberly Keeton from HPE Presents: Memory-Driven Computing

Kimberly Keeton from HPE gave this talk at the MSST Conference. “Data growth and data analytics requirements are outpacing the compute and storage technologies that have provided the foundation of processor-driven architectures for the last five decades. This divergence requires a deep rethinking of how we build systems, and points towards a memory-driven architecture, where memory is the key resource and everything else, including processing, revolves around it.

Radio Free HPC Looks at the TPU2 TensorFlow Processing Unit

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the announcements coming from Google IO conference. Of particular interest was their second-generation TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU2). We’ve also got news on the new OS/2 operating system, Quantum Computing, and the new Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award.

Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center Opens in Munich

Today Zadara Storage announced the opening of a new Storage-as-a-Service demo center near Munich, Germany, in collaboration with Intel Corporation. Customers and prospects are now able to experience the Zadara Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) offering live and test the services using their own unique configurations.

Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Peter Braam gave this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. “Campaign Storage offers radical revisions of old workflows and adapts to new technologies. But it also leverages widely available technologies and interfaces to offer stability from the ground up and blend in with the past. We’ll discuss how a simple combination of components can support scalability, data analytics and efficient integration with memory based storage.”

An Update on MarFS in Production

David Bonnie from LANL presented this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. “With MarFS in production at LANL since fall 2016, we have gained new insights, learned lessons, and expanded our future plans. We’ll discuss the various hurdles required to deploy such an ambitious system with minimal manpower. Further, we’ll delve into the challenges, triumphs, and defeats on the road to a new tier of inexpensive scalable storage.”

Avere Systems Powers BioTeam Test Lab at TACC

“In cooperation with vendors and TACC, BioTeam utilizes the lab to evaluate solutions for its clients by standing up, configuring and testing new infrastructure under conditions relevant to life sciences in order to deliver on its mission of providing objective, vendor agnostic solutions to researchers. The life sciences community is producing increasingly large amounts of data from sources ranging from laboratory analytical devices, to research, to patient data, which is putting IT organizations under pressure to support these growing workloads.”

HPE Introduces the World’s Largest Single-memory Computer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today introduced the world’s largest single-memory computer, the latest milestone in The Machine research project. “The prototype unveiled today contains 160 terabytes (TB) of memory, capable of simultaneously working with the data held in every book in the Library of Congress five times over—or approximately 160 million books. It has never been possible to hold and manipulate whole data sets of this size in a single-memory system, and this is just a glimpse of the immense potential of Memory-Driven Computing.”

Livestream: 2017 MSST Mass Storage Conference

We are very excited to bring you this livestream of the 2017 MSST Conference in Santa Clara. We’ll be broadcasting all the talks Wednesday, May 17 starting at 8:30am PDT.