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Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results

25 Sep 2013 Boston - Terascala, a fast data company, has unveiled its vision for making high-performance computing (HPC) more efficient for organisations that rely upon simulation, analysis, and modelling techniques to bring new discoveries and products to market faster. Terascala's goal is to promote a holistic HPC approach that values application and work flow productivity in addition to the performance of individual components.

HPC components form complex systems that interact with applications that have unique characteristics. Conventional HPC solutions focus on overcoming the I/O bottleneck that occurs between the compute cluster and the storage subsystem caused by the inability of scale-out NAS to deliver the multiple gigabytes per second of throughput performance that HPC requires. While high throughput is important, it is only part of the solution. Terascala's vision greatly expands on throughput performance to include the basic tenet that HPC is a connected system of hardware, data, applications and work flows that must be optimized in combination to achieve the best results.

Terascala's vision addresses these challenges:

  • Enterprise-class functionality: HPC is moving into the enterprise and no longer is confined to large supercomputing centres for government and universities. CIOs want assurances that their HPC investment can deliver enterprise-class results. As a result, demand has grown for HPC storage appliances, which offer fast deployment and easy management, along with RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability) functionality.
  • Performance measurement: Both IT administrators and HPC users lack the data necessary to tune the storage appliance and optimize application workloads and job schedules. Compute cluster management tools track CPU, memory, and network resources but lack the depth needed for application-oriented storage performance monitoring and analytics.
  • Stranded data: Often data resides within an organisation's research or product development team, where it remains indefinitely on fast scratch storage, unprotected and unavailable to the rest of the organisation. In order for today’s enterprise users to realize HPC's true potential, organisations need to address how HPC data is processed, stored, distributed, preserved, and made available for re-use throughout the organisation.

"Some time ago, we recognized that for HPC to be effective in the enterprise, the industry would need to adopt a holistic approach to the HPC lifecycle", stated Steve Butler, CEO, Terascala. "The fastest storage is useless if the user applications are architected in such a way that they cannot take advantage of it. Terascala's vision of optimizing application work flows will maximize the return on investment organisations gain from their large investments in HPC infrastructure."

"Our vision involves delivering a Terascala product suite that gives organisations the capabilities and information they need to optimize their HPC work flows", concluded Steve Butler. "Our products provide greater performance and better information to tune applications and work flows for long-term return on investment."

Terascala sells their products through OEM partners to industries where HPC figures prominently, such as seismic processing, manufacturing, genomics sequencing, and financial services. Terascala offers TeraOS, the operating system and analytics that transform block storage and controllers into an easy-to-manage storage appliance that delivers multiple gigabytes per second of throughput for HPC workloads. TeraOS is integrated and offered with these partner products:

  • Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution (DT|HSS)
  • NetApp High-Performance Storage Rack
Source: Terascala

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...