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Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family

12 Feb 2013 Santa Clara - Intel Corporation has launched its Intel Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) for Linux that prioritizes application performance, providing solid-state drive (SSD) levels of speed without migration costs, and built-in data integrity for Intel's SSD data centre family of products.

The Linux version of the software will be generally available within 30 days as an enterprise subscription and open source release. It will complement the existing Intel CAS 2.0 for Windows that is available today.

Intel CAS 2.0 is based on technology from Intel's August 2012 acquisition of NEVEX Virtual Technologies, and provides key capabilities that enhance the company's SSD data centre family of products. Intel's CAS 2.0 solution provides significant input/output (I/O) and application performance improvements in use cases including database/OLTP, virtualization, Cloud and Big Data (Hadoop).

"Intel CAS complements our SSD data centre family by providing a total caching solution that delivers even more value and capability for our customers", stated Chuck Brown, product line manager for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Intel CAS delivers a multi-level cache across the SSD and DRAM for optimal performance. Compared to short-stroked hard-drive technology, we've seen up to 50 times the improvement in I/O performance throughput for read intensive workloads by adding Intel CAS with the Intel SSD 910 series1."

"With the combination of Intel CAS and the Intel 910 PCIe SSD, Intel has a solution that is a game changer for server-side caching", stated James Bagley, senior analyst at Storage Strategies-NOW. "It allows IT to easily add more performance to their existing storage infrastructure, delivering SSD levels of speed without a complete data migration."

"The idea of improving application performance without breaking the bank is one that has obvious appeal in today's increasingly complex and demanding IT environments", stated Mark Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Intel's CAS delivers on this aspiration in two ways: First, it is based upon Intel's high-performance and highly reliable solid-state solutions, which ensures easy integration and data integrity; and second, it is differentiated from 'vanilla' solid-state solutions in its use of multi-level caching across DRAM and SSD, which helps to simultaneously drive overall performance above, and overall costs below, that of less-sophisticated SSD-only solutions."

The Intel CAS solution provides significantly improved performance for I/O-intensive applications running on dedicated servers or virtual machines (VMs). With its unique policy-based caching, Intel CAS can target performance to specific applications, files, VM or individual database tables. Selective optimized caching allows administrators to focus performance on applications and data that directly impact the business while enabling consistent I/O acceleration by avoiding contention with other applications and server actions. A scalable application server tier with direct-attached SSD provides low latency and consistent performance, complementing SAN technologies for capacity storage tiers such as archive, back-up, recovery and more.

By balancing CPU and I/O performance, Intel CAS offers companies lower TCO with an optimized, integrated solution. "Attempts to solve I/O performance issues at the SAN tier have resulted in wasted spend, wasted productivity, and frustration to both users and IT administrators", stated Steve Dalton, General Manager of Attached Platform Storage Software at Intel. "We have the seamless answer with our Cache Acceleration Software solution. Intel CAS allows administrators to target storage performance to those applications that need it the most, offloading IOPS from primary storage to the servers themselves, providing a win-win with previous storage spend."

Intel CAS 2.0 for Windows and Linux supports the Intel SSD data centre family including the Intel DC S3700 and 910 Series.
Source: Intel

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...