"In a short time, iForge has enabled leading manufacturing enterprises to harness the power of Big Data and innovate across their product portfolios", stated Jeff Denworth, DDN Vice President of Marketing. "The innovation fostered by iForge will not only benefit society, it also is a springboard for economic advancement for leading manufacturing organisations within the US and abroad. We are pleased to be part of this important project."
Deployed in 2011, iForge is a cornerstone of NCSA's Private Sector Programme, which has engaged with more than 1/3 of the Fortune 50 over the past 25 years. Programme participants receive advanced technical consulting from leading HPC applications specialists and research faculty at the University of Illinois, who have helped to make NCSA one of the world's best-known supercomputing centres.
"Private organisations everywhere have realized that supercomputing can fuel incredible innovation, but it is not economical for companies to build and maintain such expert resources at even modest scale in-house when they work on a project basis", stated Merle Giles, director of the NCSA Private Sector Programme. "iForge combines expert human and machine resources to accelerate our commercial partners' research, development, and deployment efforts."
DDN has supplied NCSA with leading-edge storage technologies since 2002. The company recently announced its DDN SFA12K storage array was selected to build a system delivering 100GB/s of storage performance for archiving data on NCSA's upcoming Blue Waters supercomputer, which when completed is expected to be one of the world's most powerful and productive computing systems.