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Hasta la vista Lustre, so long Spectrum Scale: Everyday HPC is here

Comment Parallel file systems were developed to overcome delays servers experienced when accessing files on disk storage systems. Flash arrays get rid of disk access latencies and so weaken the need for parallel file systems. Spectrum Scale, the renamed GPFS (General Parallel File System) and Lustre are two such parallel file systems …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2016
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Big Blue boosts Spectrum Scale, polishes the parallel file systems

Comment There was a refresh release of Spectrum Scale earlier in November, and the ability of IBM to keep on pushing improvements into the scalable enterprise storage solution is impressive and underlines the task facing startups such as Rozo in building new scale-out file systems. It also underlines how Spectrum Scale will not simply …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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TACC wrangles IBM GPFS on to DSSD for HPC LOLs

A data-intensive supercomputer in Texas is using more than half a petabyte of DSSD flash storage, along with IBM’s Spectrum Scale (GPFS) parallel file system, to provide massively fast random access to gazillions of small files. The Wrangler system is being built because traditional HPC systems are poor at dealing with small …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2015
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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

Much ado in Big Blue land today; it is making XIV available as Spectrum Accelerate software-defined storage, while also rebranding GPFS as Spectrum Scale in Linux mainframe environments. There's also a Spectrum Storage family coming. Based on IBM website information we've seen it looks as if the giant is developing its …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015
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Does your storage look like it's held together by elastic tape? Oh, you're using IBM kit, too, huh?

Comment Elastic Storage, IBM's rebranded GPFS, is a parallel filesystem offering high-speed access to shedloads of data. That's a long way from accessing data in a tape archive. Yet Elastic Storage can do this too: build and access a tape archive. It's done by hooking up Elastic Storage and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). We …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 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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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best TSM backend of all?

A respected EMC blogger and IBM are arguing over who has the best scale-out backend storage repository for Big Blue's TSM backup and archive software: EMC's Isilon or Big Blue's GPFS. IBM says that TSM – Tivoli Storage Manager – products "provide backup, archive, recovery, space management, database and application protection …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2014
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IBM's GPFS marries LTFS: You may now kiss the enterprise

IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) will soon “see” files on tape cartridges through an enterprise edition of LTFS, Big Blue's Linear Tape File System. LTFS comprises a self-describing tape format, with metadata on the material at a known location defining the tape’s file contents. LTFS supports LTO5, LTO6 or TS1140 tape …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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IBM intros Elastic Storage ... as used by human-crushing HPC brain Watson

BM has announced Elastic Storage as a component of its software-defined storage portfolio, and it's actually a repackaging and renaming of the venerable GPFS product. GPFS is IBM’s General Parallel File System for parallel access to massive numbers of files. The IBM announcement says Elastic Storage “offers unprecedented …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014
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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

Storagebod “Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London. This started up another train of thought: in this new world of software-defined storage, how should …
StorageBod, 2 May 2014

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Storagebod IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014
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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Storagebod Despite compression, dedupe and other ways people try to reduce and manage the amount of data that they store, it still seems that many storage infrastructure managers tend to waste many thousands of pounds just by using it according to the vendor’s best practice. I spend a lot of my time with clustered file-systems of one …
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013
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IBM storage crew: Why bury your BEST kit at the back of the larder?

Storagebod El Reg storage man Chris Mellor’s pieces on IBM’s storage revenues here and here make for some interesting reading. Things are not looking great with the exception of XIV and Storwize products. I am not sure whether Mellor’s analysis is entirely correct as it is hard to get any granularity from IBM. But his take on Big Blue …
StorageBod, 30 Apr 2013
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IBM recasts Power 775 Blue Waters super as big data muncher

IBM has yanked the chain on the petaflopping 'Blue Waters' supercomputer that it was going to install at the University of Illinois this fall because it was too expensive to make at the budgeted price. But that doesn't mean the Power 775 server nodes that comprised IBM's Blue Waters machine are not useful. Ditto for the PERCS …
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IBM parks parallel file system on Big Data's lawn

The IT universe is seeing a massive collision taking place as the worlds of high-performance computing, big data and warehousing intermingle. IBM is pushing its General Parallel File System (GPFS) further to broaden its footprint in this space, with the 3.5 release adding big data and async replication features as well as …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2012
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Big Blue boffins scan 10 billion files in Flash in a flash

IBM and Violin have announced a great big GPFS numbers record: the software scanned 10 billion files in a flash – well, 43 minutes – using four Violin flash memory arrays. This was 37 times faster than a previous GPFS record of scanning one billion files in three hours, but that was with the file system metadata stored, like …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2011
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Open source HPC file system gets startup

High performance computing – by which is meant traditional parallel supercomputing as well as data analytics and hyperscale cloudy infrastructure – is facing a looming file system and storage bottleneck, and Whamcloud, a startup backed by $10m in private funding and some of the top people behind the Lustre file system, want to …

IBM upgrades brain-bending file system

IBM on Friday is releasing a new version of its General Parallel File System (GPFS) for serious data crunchers. The update, now version 3.2, features improvements to GPFS's policy-based file management system and offers speedier searches. GPFS caters to hardcore users trying to run a file system across numerous systems. It …
Austin Modine, 2 Oct 2007

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