Whamcloud Leads Group of HPC Experts Winning DOE FastForward Storage and IO Project

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:01am EDT

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  DANVILLE, CA, Jul 10 (Marketwire) -- 
Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of
high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, has been
awarded the Storage and I/O Research & Development subcontract for the
Department of Energy's FastForward program. FastForward is a jointly
funded collaboration between DOE Office of Science and National Nuclear
Security Administration (NNSA) to initiate partnerships with multiple
companies to accelerate the research and development (R&D) of critical
technologies needed for extreme scale computing, on the path toward
exascale computing. Exascale computing is essentially a grand challenge
to provide the next level of computational power required to help ensure
the prosperity and security of the United States. The DOE's strategic
plan seeks to address the nation's most pressing scientific challenges by
advancing simulation-based scientific discovery made possible by the
world's highest performing exascale supercomputers.

    FastForward is administered by DOE and contracted through Lawrence
Livermore National Security, LLC as part of a seven lab consortium
(Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and
Sandia National Laboratories). The subcontract scope clearly identifies
key R&D necessary for a new object storage paradigm for HPC exascale
computing. The developed technology will also address next-generation
storage mechanisms required by the Big Data market. The subcontract is
set for a two-year schedule through the middle of 2014 and begins
immediately.

    The subcontract incorporates application I/O expertise from the HDF
Group, system I/O and I/O aggregation expertise from EMC Corporation, and
scale testing facilities from Cray, teamed with file system,
architecture, and project management skills from Whamcloud. All
components developed in the project will be open sourced and benefit the
entire Lustre community. 

    "Whamcloud has the world's best file system team. Being chosen to lead
this consortium in researching exascale issues is a real honor for the
entire company. We could not be more excited and confident in this
group's ability to tackle these hard problems," said Brent Gorda, CEO of
Whamcloud. "We look forward to interacting with the community to push
high performance computing forward."

    "Cray is known for building innovative computing platforms that tackle a
wide range of computational and storage scalability challenges. Working
with Whamcloud to win the FastForward subcontract is a great example of
our continuing commitment to the future of high performance storage and
our strong belief in an open source community for Lustre," said Barry
Bolding, Cray's vice president of storage and data management. "This is
an important project for defining next generation high performance
storage methods, and we're excited to bring our expertise in scaling
Lustre to this important project."

    "The I/O stack for exascale supercomputing needs a hybrid model that
leverages the performance and cost benefits of Flash and Disk,
complemented with intelligent software. EMC storage technology is at the
core of the exascale I/O stack," said Percy Tzelnic, Senior Vice
President, EMC Fast Data Group. "The selection for research and funding
from U.S. government agencies is recognition of EMC's long-standing
storage leadership and presence in the HPC market. EMC is committed to
help further the next leap forward in supercomputing -- catapulting
commercial HPC into the exascale era."

    "Today's large parallel systems generate enormous amounts of highly
complex data at a very high rate. Achieving efficient I/O in this
environment is incredibly difficult, and will become far more challenging
in an exascale world. Our mission and commitment is to make sure this
happens, and the idea that we can tackle the problem in partnership with
Whamcloud, EMC and Cray is very exciting," said Mike Folk, president and
executive director of the HDF Group.

    For more information on Whamcloud see: http://www.whamcloud.com/

    About Whamcloud
 Whamcloud, composed of HPC storage veterans and
well-known Lustre experts, implements and supports Lustre solutions in
HPC centers around the world. Whamcloud actively promotes the growth,
stability and vendor neutrality of Lustre. Lustre is utilized in over 60%
of the TOP100 supercomputing sites today and is the best technology for
addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.
http://www.whamcloud.com

    

Media Contact:
Jesse Casman
Whamcloud
415-730-2793
pr@whamcloud.com 

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