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SC16 Event Report: Spectrum Scale grows and OpenStack is here to stay

This was my 4th year being at Super Computing, and as ever, there were plenty of people attending as well as an ever expanding exhibition floor packed with the latest and greatest in HPC technology. There was also a small area in the technical talks area to do with Emerging Technologies, where various companies were […]

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Storage wars: file systems vs object storage

For HPC temporary scratch storage there are a few prominent technologies (Spectrum Scale previously known as GPFS, Lustre and increasingly BeeGFS) and all offer very good performance in a scratch storage environment. However, for me, Spectrum Scale is still the hands down winner. Its data management features, which actually stretch to support more than just […]

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$2.1m investment might take Lustre mainstream

The announcement last week that Whamcloud (the start-up created to continue development of Lustre) has secured funds from OpenSFS to enhance Lustre’s features and functions, is a step in the right direction. The investment certainly demonstrates that Lustre is a supported environment; it shows clear direction and should give open source customers more confidence that […]

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Utah’s Center for HPC, IBM DDN lose on support package

HPC Wire published a detailed article last week, which reviews the bidding process of the University of Utah’s Center for HPC in its pursuit of a new storage solution. There were a few points that interested me:  Firstly, the early ‘dropping’ of Isilon’s NAS solution from the bidding process is no surprise. We occasionally compete […]

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