Slidecast: Avere’s Global Namespace Brings SSD Speed to NAS

In this slidecast, Avere President & CEO Ron Bianchini explains how the company’s newly announced Global Namespace (GNS) capability will allow organizations to tame NAS sprawl resulting from enormous growth in unstructured data.

With Avere’s GNS, storage administrators can easily create and manage logical groupings of file-based resources regardless of physical location, presenting clients running NFS or CIFS with simplified and transparent access to data with a single mount point. Moreover, when data is moved from one storage server to another within the network, client access is automatically rerouted with no disruption or downtime. GNS is available immediately as part of the 2.0 release of the Avere operating system.”

For HPC and Cloud users, Avere brings the notion of locality and low-latency to NAS through clustered, hierarchical SSD storage. In my view, it’s a scalable approach that’s well worth a look.

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Podcast: Clustercorp Turns up the Volume on Rocks with New Round of Funding

In this podcast, I interview Clustercorp’s newest employees: Mason Katz, CTO, and Greg Bruno, VP of Engineering. As key developers of the Rocks open source software, Bruno and Katz came over to Clustercorp last week to bolster the commercial version of Rocks.

As announced this morning, Clustercorp has just completed its first round of institutional funding, which it will use to scale development and accelerate its successful entry into the cloud management space.

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In this time-lapse video from SC2003, SDSC builds a live, 128-node Rocks cluster in the Sun booth in approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Slidecast: Cycle Cloud HPC Clusters – 10,000 Cores in 45 Minutes

In this slidecast, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe describes how the company provisioned a 10,000-core, top 114-equivalent supercomputer utilizing its CycleCloud service.

Since 2005, Cycle has helped clients maximize the world’s compute resources through its reliable, secure and elastic high performance computing (HPC) solutions, both internally and in the cloud. CycleCloud massively scaled up client resources to perform hundreds of thousands of computational tests in a matter of eight hours. Once the results were produced, the customer could just “turn off” those resources with no further charges. Additionally, the 10,000-core cluster was run on a cost of only $1,060/hour. Leveraging CycleCloud and Cycle’s HPC proficiency delivered these stats:

  • Infrastructure: 1250 instances with 8-core / 7-GB RAM
  • Cluster Size: 10,000 cores, 8.75 TB RAM, 2 PB of disk space total
  • Scale: Comparable to #114 of Top 500 Supercomputer list
  • Security: Engineered with HTTPS & 128/256-bit AES encryption

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Video: Real-Status Starts Up with 3D Visualization for IT Infrastructure

In this video, Real Status co-founder & CTO Stace Hipperson demonstrates HyperGlance, a software package that uses sophisticated graphics and modelling techniques to create real-time models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D and overlays performance and business metrics.

While HyperGlance currently gathers data from VMWare’s API, since the program is data-driven, the same techniques could be used to monitor large HPC clusters running MPI.

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Video: PerfectSearch Startup Does Big Data Search

In this slidecast, Tim Stay from PerfectSearch describes the company’s ultra-efficient search appliance software that is tailor-made for Big Data.

PerfectSearch’s patented software enables search up to a billion documents using a single private cloud appliance. Compared to other solutions that can require more than 10 times the number of servers, the PerfectSearch powered by Fujitsu solution is powerful and economical—even compared to open-source solutions, with lower equipment cost and fewer servers that reduce energy, replacement and administrative costs. Companies now have a cost-effective solution to index and search all content is searchable with a single query. The PerfectSearch powered by Fujitsu appliance uses unique technology that uses disk based indexing rather than memory, requiring a fraction of the hardware—realizing up to a 90% reduction in search-related hardware. These innovations built into the solution permit high-speed retrieval, drastically reduced hardware footprints, and extensive customization.

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Register Now for the StartupHPC Summit at SC15

B2qTuCPCQAAB-I8The good folks from the StartupHPC-15 Conference have posted the Agenda for their meeting at SC15. The day-long conference takes place Monday, Nov 16 in Austin at the Capital Factory in Downtown Austin, Texas.

Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and help StartupHPC continue its efforts to build a support community. Echoing Seymour Cray, the supercomputing world’s iconic inventor who once said ‘Thank heaven for start-up companies or we’d never make any progress,’ StartupHPC advocates a sharp increase in entrepreneurship training and support infrastructure for STEM and HPC practitioners.

Agenda:

  • Welcome: Steve Campbell, Partner, OrionX
  • The “Get-Funded” Framework: From Idea to Launch: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
  • Entrepreneur Ecosystem: Grooming for Growth: Mellie Price, MD/Fund Director & GP, Capital Factory, and Founder/CEO, Front Gate Tickets
  • Incubators: Cultivating Ideas: Blake Yaeger, Managing Director, TechStars
  • Founder Stories: BitFusion: Subbu Rama, CEO, BitFusion.io
  • Hot Markets, Key Apps, Core Algorithms: Peter ffoulkes, Industry Insight & Advisory, Partner, OrionX
  • The “Inside” Scoop: Signs Your Pitch Won’t Stick: Rich Brueckner, President, insideHPC Media
  • Go to Market: Vision & Value Proposition: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
  • Digital Marketing: Essentials in Engagement: Kim McMahon, CEO, McMahon Consulting
  • Founder Stories: Virtual Bridges: Leo Reiter, CTO, Nimbix/former Founder, Virtual Bridges
  • Building Your Base: Landing Early Customers: Dale Geldart, Startup Executive/former CEO eXludus Technologies
  • Learning from Failure: 3 Companies (interactive): Dan Olds, Principal, Gabriel Consulting Group, and
    Contributing Editor, The Register
  • CxO Probe: Q&A Panel: Dr. Stephen Perrenod, (Moderator)
    (Panel to be announced) Partner, OrionX
  • Founder Stories: WhamCloud: Brent Gorda, Intel, and Founder of WhamCloud

As you may recall from SC14, StartupHPC’s inaugural conference featured an all-star roster of speakers and panelists that includes CEOs, CTOs, Founders, senior executives, serial entrepreneurs, attorneys, marketers, journalists, and industry analysts. Sharing first hand experiences and advice will illuminate the requirements for, and the practical paths towards, the successful creation and growth of startups.

As an added bonus, Video clips of last year’s event are available with registration for this year’s conference or by subscription. If you are a student, please contact us for a 60% discount code.

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