SYDNEY, Australia - 15 November, 2011
- As big data analytics, real-time modeling and simulation
advancements in science, research, imaging, engineering and other
data-intensive applications dramatically change the way
organisations function, selecting the right storage system for the
job is critical. NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today joined with Whamcloud
to announce the foundation of the Open Benchmark for Lustre
initiative which will define, standardise and promote storage
systems benchmarks using Lustre. Organisations that rely on
high-performance computers know the impact that the file system,
networking and storage can have on overall performance and compute
efficiency. For those deploying the powerful Lustre global parallel
file system, the Open Benchmark for Lustre will provide a more
effective and efficient way to compare supplier storage offerings
for a new and emerging set of big data requirements.
Benchmark for Lustre initiative enables customers to have more
accurate expectations when making important deployment decisions
and a framework that enhances configuration guidelines for
optimised installations. In addition, the benchmark will help to
frame important Lustre deployment decisions for improved
efficiencies in areas such as bandwidth, efficiency, power
consumption and floor space.
Lustre technology is developed and maintained
as open source software, and the benchmark program is designed as
an industry collaboration, encouraging vendors to identify and
benchmark configurations that are transparent and demonstrate
performance of storage systems in Lustre environments. The
benchmark data is then published for an "apples-to-apples"
comparisons of Lustre in different storage environments.
Brendon Howe, Vice President of High Performance Computing,
"NetApp is committed to providing innovative products that improve
productivity and value for companies in a simplified manner. By
working with Whamcloud, a leader in Lustre expertise, and welcoming
full industry participation, we hope to help companies gather the
data needed to make the informed infrastructure decisions required
to achieve the next wave of innovation powered by big data."
Eric Barton, CTO,
"An industry-standard benchmark is needed
to provide common configuration guidance and performance reference
points. NetApp and Whamcloud are providing this foundation in order
to improve Lustre customer experience and enhance the stability of
the HPC industry by enabling better decision making via
standardised performance benchmarks and ratio comparisons."
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