Apr 05, 2016

Seagate Offers Powerful New Lustre Choice For HPC Storage

Move to Incorporate Intel Platform Reflects Seagate’s HPC Systems Focus and Momentum

CUPERTINO, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced it will incorporate Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre® (IEEL), a big data software platform, into its market-leading ClusterStor® storage architecture for high-performance computing (HPC). The move will strengthen Seagate’s HPC data storage product line and provide customers with an additional choice of Lustre parallel file systems to help drive advancements in the HPC and big data market.

Lustre software is a Linux-based, open-source parallel file system at the heart of most HPC storage systems, and powers 40 percent of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Seagate incorporates this software within the broader Seagate ClusterStor architecture. To date, both Seagate and Intel have managed their own Lustre distributions based on the Open SFS community release, with both companies providing the benefit of additional levels of testing and complementary software capabilities.

Through this new collaboration, Seagate will now adopt IEEL as its baseline Lustre distribution, bringing together the capabilities of the two leading Lustre distributions, development and support teams. The Lustre community, in turn, will benefit from two leading corporations collaborating to further advance the Lustre community roadmap.

“This collaboration represents the leader in storage technology teaming up with the leader in compute technology to drive innovation in the data center,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “Driving the growth of HPC is a key focus for both companies. This focus reflects how we see the data center of the future evolving — and together, we can achieve more. Intel’s commitment to the development of Lustre is outstanding. Adopting Intel’s distribution will help harmonize efforts, and benefit our customers and the community.”

Seagate will incorporate IEEL into ClusterStor L300, the industry’s highest-performing Lustre software based storage architecture. Released at Supercomputing 2015, the L300 delivers up to 112 gigabytes-per-second (GB/sec) throughput per rack when integrated with Seagate’s ClusterStor HPC drives, and includes features to help maximize reliability and reduce data center footprint, power and cooling costs while simplifying management and service. ClusterStor L300 with IEEL will also support Intel’s Omni-Path network built for Exascale computing.

“As Lustre maintains its leadership position on Top500 platforms, this agreement with Seagate will provide on-going collaboration and innovation for the Lustre community from two industry leaders,” said Brent Gorda, general manager of the High Performance Data Division at Intel. “This will offer customers the benefits of the Intel® Scalable System Framework using the parallel file system of choice for HPC and data-intensive enterprise environments.”

“Lustre has been very strong in academia and government for some time. As Lustre expands its presence in the private sector, it will continue to evolve to meet a range of commercial needs for HPC simulation and advanced data analytics,” said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president, High Performance Computing. “IDC expects the collaboration between trusted vendors Intel and Seagate to accelerate this evolution of Lustre software for use in industrial production computing environments.”

“Enterprises looking to manage and derive value from their data as it explodes in volume, velocity and variety are increasingly turning to HPC, but they need solutions that are easy to manage and can help them quickly address business challenges,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and Big Data, HP Servers. “This partnership between Seagate and Intel nicely complements the HPC Alliance that HPE and Intel announced last year, and will enable us to give our enterprise customers access to the technologies and solutions — as well as the intellectual property, portfolio services and engineering support — necessary for evolving their compute infrastructure to capitalize on a data-driven environment.”

“Cray is excited to see Seagate and Intel form an important partnership on Lustre,” said Ryan Waite, Cray’s senior vice president of products. “We believe this agreement will benefit both our customers and the Lustre community, and we look forward to seeing new capabilities and new opportunities for our storage products as a result of this partnership.”

“With some of the largest and most demanding Lustre customers in the world using our Bull supercomputers, Atos is a long-standing Lustre developer and has always backed the best solutions to improve the service delivered to our customers,” said Eric Eppe, director of the Storage & Data Management product line at Atos. “Having Seagate and Intel working together on improving a single version of Lustre is going to greatly simplify the support and the development of new features. This is great news and we are standing behind Seagate and Intel to use their products in our solutions for our customers.”

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