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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

Durham University has built itself a secondhand supercomputer from recycled parts and beefed up its contribution to DiRAC (distributed research utilising advanced computing), the integrated facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. The Institute for Cosmological …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2017

Euro researchers more loyal and cheaper than Silicon Valley folk

Comment Classic and enterprise HPC storage supplier DDN Storage has opened up a Research and Development centre in Paris to help grow its European business. Its experience exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the European IT skills and startup scene, it says. The centre has 25 staff and should double that by the end if 2017. DDN …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jul 2016
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The fracking oil price drop whacked Panasas – who's next in energy IT?

NAS appliance maker Panasas was forced to restructure after falling oil prices caused its customers in the energy sector to spend less on its technology. That's why executives fled the building, and why other staff have been let go. CEO Faye Pairman said Panasas has a long-standing strategy of diversifying into vertical …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2016
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DDN spills beans on high-speed HPC hookup

DataDirect Networks has got itself an Omni-Connect architecture to hook up its storage to Omni-Path clusters, as well as having InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet connectivity. Intel has devised its Omni-Path fabric as a successor to InfiniBand and True Scale. It operates at up to 100Gbit/sec in its first generation and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015
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Lustrous scarlet drawers with plenty crammed into them: Get a load of DDN's box

DDN has an entry-level Lustre appliance called the ES7K, EXAScaler 7000. DDN_ES7K DDN ES7000 4U enclosure The starting building block takes up 8U and uses two boxes, the 4U ES7K head unit with two controllers, 80 to 320 TB of capacity and 5GB/sec bandwidth, and a 4U StorageScaler 8460 drive drawer with 168TB - 672TB of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
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DataDirect Networks stuffs tricky GPFS file system into GS7K box

DataDirect Networks has bundled IBM's GPFS parallel file system, which uses GridScaler technology, into its GS7K appliance. The appliance can use its WOS object storage as a huge back-end vault, which DDN hopes will remove GPFS set-up complexity while preserving standardised NAS access. GPFS systems are known to be powerful …
Chris Mellor, 1 Oct 2014
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We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN

For maximum big data density, you basically need a rack full of disk drives and little else, and DataDirect has moved in that direction by stuffing up to 840 disks into a standard rack cabinet. The idea is that HPC and big data environments need as much capacity in a storage rack as they can get. DDN reckons it offers up to 40 …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jun 2014

Supercomputer sage Cray musters Lustre cluster storage hustler

Supercomputer company Cray is starting up a standalone storage company with a Cray Cluster Connect product for rustling up business supplying X86 Lustre clusters. "Connect" in Cray Cluster Connect (C3) does not refer to just the physical connection hardware linking nodes in a cluster. Instead Cray is referring to everything …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013

DataDirect plunks $100m on storage array disguised as a super

Supercomputer storage supplier DataDirect Network is setting up a $100m exascale computing lab. The goal is to hit one quintillion floating-point operations per second, and DDN hopes this mind-boggling level of number-crunching will be reached by 2018. The company is going to direct its funds to: Accelerating IO with a new …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012

Cleversafe: Our mad rig can gobble A TERABYTE in A SECOND

Cleversafe claims it has the biggest mouth for objects on the planet, gulping them in at a terabyte a second. The company is an object storage startup and its 3000 series of appliances can cram in a terabyte's worth of objects but you need a thousand, yes indeed, 1,000, ingest boxes or Accesser 3100 storage router appliances …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2012

UK's HECToR supercomputer in 27PB MEGA-storage boost

HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion. HECToR stands for the High End Computing Terra Scale Resource and has been built in several phases. It is a Cray-built …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012
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Object storage suppliers: We want your big data

As the general big data trend gathers momentum, the various object storage suppliers are trumpeting their technology's advantages over file systems, saying they can store and protect vast volumes of data more efficiently and with faster access. Henry Baltazar, a senior analyst in The 451 Group, says: "Object storage, and cloud …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011
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Scale-out virgin Fujitsu pushes out high-performing tool

SNW Europe The scale-out file computing world has a new player: Fujitsu. The company has just pushed out its FEFS product in Japan. Fujitsu FEFS is a terabyte per second scale-out file system for high-performance computing. It could come westwards and provide competition for SONAS, EMC Isilon, and other big data file systems. FEFS …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2011
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DataDirect embulgens arrays for big data

Big-data-bound DataDirect has upped its array game, with a faster array product plus a file system-running array, and boosted its exec roster. The existing SFA10000 array gets a faster brother, the SFA10K-X. The hardware is the same as before: 4U base boxes with 60 drives and 180TB capacity. These can be stacked in a rack to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2011
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Big Blue hits DataDirect box with spade

IBM is killing off its DCS9900 disk array OEM'ed from DataDirect Networks, and replacing it with a NetApp Engenio box. Big Blue has issued a withdrawal announcement to customers which reads: Effective October 15, 2011, IBM® will withdraw from marketing IBM System Storage® DCS9900 Model CP2 and selected features. After this …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2011
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Xyratex offers Lustre clusters

OEM disk subsystem supplier Xyratex, facing lost sales due to NetApp buying Engenio, is to supply complete, factory-configured Lustre cluster systems to its OEM channel for HPC customers. As well as supplying disk array subsystems to OEM partners, Xyratex supplies hard disk drive manufacturing test and analysis equipment to a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2011
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HP reflogging DataDirect storage

HP has added a third and surprising scale-out file system product to its high-performance cluster (HPC) portfolio, DataDirect Networks S2A9900, the storage that's sold by IBM in its SONAS product. HP already has its Ibrix and PolyServe-powered X9000 scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) in its cluster portfolio, along with …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2010
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IBM simplifying its storage range

Comment IBM has been announcing new storage products at a quickfire rate: SONAS, Virtual Disk System (VDS), and the XIV-based Smart Business Cloud are three of them. How do they fit together with each other and with the NetApp-sourced N Series and the DS3000/5000 and 8000 array offerings? Steve Legg, IBM UK's chief technology officer …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2010

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