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NVMe Flash: A New Level of High-Performance Data Consistency for the World’s Most Demanding Workloads

The pace of today’s data growth is staggering, and it’s keeping IT specialists on their toes. This guest post from Kingston Technology explores how innovation in storage like NVMe are working to keep up with today’s most demanding data work loads. 

One Stop Systems Showcases GPU and Flash Appliances at ISC

This week in Frankfurt, One Stop Systems showcased all-new HPC Appliances at ISC 2017. “One Stop Systems offers a wide variety of GPU and Flash appliances to support a range of customer needs,” Said Steve Cooper, CEO of One Stop Systems. “As GPU and flash technology continue to improve, OSS products are immediately able to accommodate the newest and most powerful GPUs and the highest capacity flash cards. Now we’re offering customers the opportunity to lease time on our HPC appliances through SkyScale. SkyScale utilizes OSS GPU appliances to build, configure, and manage dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-security facilities, allowing customers to focus on results while minimizing capital equipment investment.”

Call for Papers: Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS)

The Second Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS) has issued its Call for Papers. The one-day workshop will be held jointly with ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems aims to present state-of-the-art research, innovative ideas, and experience that focus on the design and implementation of HPC storage systems in both academic and industrial worlds, with a special interest on their performance analysis. The arrival of new storage technologies and scales unseen in previous practice lead to significant loss of performance predictability. This will leave storage system designers, application developers and the storage community at large in the difficult situation of not being able to precisely detect bottlenecks, evaluate the room for improvement, or estimate the matching of applications with a given storage architecture.”

Nimbus Data Patents Parallel Memory Architecture

Today Nimbus Data announced the award of a patent for its non-blocking all-flash architecture. Nimbus Data’s Parallel Memory Architecture scales capacity and performance linearly within each ExaFlash system, offering latency and throughput performance up to 6x faster scale-up designs. “Conventional HDD-centric architectures employed by the majority of all-flash array vendors trap flash performance behind legacy shared bus and scale-up designs,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and Founder. “Now patented, Nimbus Data’s Parallel Memory Architecture overcomes the limitations of generic off-the-shelf servers, capturing the full performance potential of all-flash technology.”

Call for Participation: MSST 2017 in Santa Clara

The International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017) has issued its Call for Participation. The event takes place May 15-19, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. “MSST 2017 will dedicate five days to computer-storage technology, including a day of tutorials, two days of invited papers, two days of peer-reviewed research papers, and a vendor exposition.”

Diablo Technologies Memory1 Goes into Production

“Memory1 provides the highest-capacity system memory solution on the market, enabling massive increases in server and application capability. Diablo’s JEDEC-compliant, flash-based DIMMs, interface seamlessly with existing server architectures and require no changes to hardware, operating systems, or applications. Memory1 is ideal for environments that require large memory footprints for workloads such as big data analytics, caching, and complex web applications.”

Interview: Jeff Bonwick on the Secret Sauce behind DSSD

We caught up Jeff Bonwick from DSSD to learn more about their exciting storage technology for HPC. “Our mission statement was four words: fastest storage on earth. That was our singular goal from day one, which gave the team incredible focus and clarity. Whenever we had to make a tradeoff between performance and something else, performance always won. Always. And it just so happens that when you aim for performance, density comes along for the ride because the more flash chips you have working in parallel, the faster it goes.”

Call for Papers: International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology

The 32nd International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2016) has issued its Call for Participation & Papers. The event takes place April 30 – May 6 in Santa Clara, CA. “The Program Committee requests presentation proposals on issues in designing, building, maintaining, and migrating large-scale systems that implement databases and other kinds of large, typically persistent, web-scale stores (HSM, NoSQL, key-value stores, etc.), and archives at scales of tens of petabytes to exabytes and beyond.”

Video: On the Role of Flash in Large-Scale Storage Systems

Nathan Rutman from Seagate presented this talk at the LAD’15 Conference. “So why is a spinning disk company talking about Flash? Last year, Seagate acquired Avago LSI’s flash division. We now have an array of flash-based storage. So I have nothing against Flash. This presentation is really on: Where does Flash make sense? I also have a personal agenda because I hate the term “Burst Buffer.” Everyone says “Burst Buffer” instead of saying “Flash.” It drives me crazy. So I’m going to explain what a Burst Buffer is and what it is not.”

Diablo Rolls Out All-Flash DDR4 Memory

Today Diablo Technologies announced the launch of Memory1, the first all-flash server system memory technology.