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Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready

12 Nov 2012 Sunnyvale - DataDirect Networks (DDN), an expert in massively scalable storage, has launched an extensive set of parallel file storage product enhancements engineered to accelerate Big Data and HPC work flows, enable automated data collaboration across the Cloud, simplify high-scale systems management, and bridge scale-out storage to support enterprise applications.

"The importance of flexible, efficient and simple infrastructure becomes increasingly critical for enterprises as data becomes essential to organisational success", stated Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive VP of Strategy & Technology, DDN. "With the new enhancements to our GRIDScaler and EXAScaler family of products, DDN has evolved parallel file storage from being an application point-solution to an enterprise class, easy to manage Big Data appliance for the capture, storage, processing and global distribution of massive data.”

Based on DDN's award-winning Storage Fusion Architecture, DDN's parallel file storage appliances are engineered with leading parallel file system technology, including IBM's GPFS file system (GRIDScaler) and the Lustre open source file system (EXAScaler). DDN's new GRIDScaler and EXAScaler offerings include both hardware and software enhancements designed to more tightly integrate with data-intensive applications and data work flows while also optimizing storage acquisition and management costs at multiple levels of scale.

"DDN has long been a partner of choice for organisations that need to scale far beyond conventional file system limits", stated Mark Peters, a senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the unique, innovative and targeted engineering it has invested into its parallel file storage appliance portfolio, DDN continues to reaffirm its position at the vanguard of the scalable systems marketplace, and therefore as one of the storage leaders of the contemporary Big Data era."

"DDN has been an important strategic partner to Indiana University", stated Stephen Simms, Manager of the Indiana University High Performance File Systems group and Data Capacitor Project. "They provide deep expertise in both storage infrastructure and HPC parallel file systems. DDN has put significant effort into creating products are simple to install, manage and scale in order to help reduce the numerous headaches that are associated with HPC storage. We are interested in the new enhancements developed by DDN and the impact they will have in the academic community. Increased performance, better monitoring, and ease of collaboration are all things that we look for in a storage solution."

These enhancements include:

  • DirectMon Scale-Out Appliance Monitoring and Management: To eliminate the management complexity of scalable systems infrastructure, DDN DirectMon provides single-pane-of-glass GUI–based systems management for both GRIDScaler and EXAScaler file storage environments.
  • Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) Mid-Range & High-End Appliances: EXAScaler and GRIDScaler systems can now be deployed with either DDN's SFA12K platform (capable of delivering up to 40GB/s and managing up to 1680 flash and spinning disk drives) or the SFA7700 mid-range hybrid Flash storage appliance (capable of delivering up to 10GB/s and scalable from 60-324 disks in as little as 4U of data center rack space). DDN's newly-announced SFA7700 carries forward DDN's heritage of best-in-class performance and is precision-engineered to deliver performance levels 700% greater than competing scale-out file storage platforms.
  • Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) Hybrid Flash Storage Caching: DDN's new SFX Flash Caching technology accelerates file system data and metadata transactions while cost-effectively marrying the performance of Flash technology with the economic benefits of hard disk technology.
  • Cloud Tiering with WOS Cloud Storage and HSM Tools: DDN's award-winning WOS object storage technology, featuring cloud-based data distribution and replication, is now combined with DDN’s GRIDScaler and EXAScaler1, enabling organizations to process data locally at the highest rates of performance and automatically publishing collaborative data sets across a distributed Cloud environment.
  • Enterprise NAS Access: For applications that do not require the highest levels of performance access, DDN now offers NAS access via NFS or SMB/CIFS to enable enterprise applications to access a scale-out storage namespace.

Cloud Tiering is available immediately for GRIDScaler and in 1H 2013 for ECAScaler.

These new capabilities from DDN are ideal for a broad spectrum of organisational scale - configurable for mid-range departmental applications while featuring scalability to support the world's most scalable applications - with performance over 1 terabyte/second. Optimized applications for DDN's new GRIDScaler and EXAScaler platforms include all organisations looking to power Big Data work flows with simple, scale-out parallel file storage appliances, including big data analytics, bioinformatics, energy exploration, government and academic research, web-scale computing, animation, financial modelling, manufacturing design and government intelligence.
Source: DataDirect Networks

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Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...