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A new dawn for security vulnerabilities in HPC

by Mischa van Kesteren, OCF Pre-sales Engineer In February 2018, Russian nuclear scientists at the Federal Nuclear Centre were arrested for using their supercomputer resources to mine crypto-currency, Bitcoin. Previously, HPC security breaches like this tended to be few and far between, however recent trends are increasing the vulnerabilities and threats faced by HPC systems. […]

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What Does a Big Storage Future Look Like in HPC?

By Laurence Horrocks-Barlow, Lead Storage Consultant at OCF Some of you may remember Samsung announcing last year its 30.72TB drives, positioning them as enterprise SSDs. Along with their huge capacity, these drives have about four times the read and three times the write capabilities of its consumer SSD. But at a price point of between […]

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How to choose high performance storage for your organisation

Our customers often ask what storage technologies they should be using. The answer, invariably, is complex. There’s no right or wrong answer. But, choices made now will have an impact on how well the system will perform in the future so, careful, intelligent planning is essential. If you need a large amount of performance and […]

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Flash + Tape and the 8k Race

Last year Japan’s NHK conducted live 8k broadcast tests at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony in preparation for its plan to fully broadcast the Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympics.  As an ultra-high definition, data-hungry new format, questions have ranged from the affordability and availability of consumer devices to watch the content on, to whether the infrastructure […]

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Modern Research Benefits from Old School Storage

How modern tape storage addresses research data needs The preservation of research data is a serious business.  Long-term retention is a central tenet to the success of research facilities such as the University of Oxford1 and the University of Cambridge2 where traditional museum-grade storage conditions for paper documents now sit alongside enterprise-quality data storage solutions. […]

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Flash + Tape – Did this odd couple just get more stylish?

Have we all just been following the latest fashion? We’ve all seen and experienced the metrics in data growth over the years, and now are in the wonderful era of making sense of it all and trying to “get the wardrobe in order”. Not only do we have structured and unstructured data, 4K and 8K […]

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Tape is Dead – Long Live Tape

IBM’s Software Defined approach, helps organisations get the most value from data with something old and something new. Flashing the cache? A colleague told me that he had a conversation with a very large customer not too long ago, wherein they said that they were considering only buying flash arrays in the future. This particular […]

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Supporting scientific research at the Atomic Weapons Establishment

There aren’t many organisations that are able to claim they’ve helped with the support and maintenance of the UK’s Trident missile system, but that’s exactly what OCF has been able to do thanks to a new HPC cluster and separate big data storage system.  The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has been synonymous with science, engineering […]

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