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Whamcloud, Penguin Computing Sign Lustre Support Agreement

Initial customer University of Delaware deploying 50 TFLOP cluster with high availability

DANVILLE, Calif., and FREMONT, Calif, Nov. 15 — Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, announced today a world-wide Lustre support agreement with Penguin Computing, experts in integrated high performance computing (HPC) solutions. The agreement will allow a wide range of cooperation on Penguin’s HPC cluster solutions and Penguin's on-demand HPC cloud service, known as Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD). Support services will begin immediately.

The University of Delaware has deployed a 50 TFLOP cluster with a Lustre storage solution from Penguin. Penguin's unique ability to provide a full range of software, hardware and integration services for building high-end clusters was a key selling point. Whamcloud will help Penguin ensure that the University of Delaware gets world-class support for their Lustre cluster filesystem.

"Our customers demand the absolute best in performance and support, and we’re competitive precisely because we focus in on these two key areas. This agreement with Whamcloud allows Penguin to continue providing the very best support for our cluster customers," said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Penguin Computing. "Whamcloud is widely acknowledged as having the best support organization for Lustre, as well as providing key stewardship for Lustre technology for the community. We look forward to working closely together."


"Penguin is unique in that they can supply a full range of HPC solutions which creates extremely valuable relationships with customers. Support requirements are very high. We are very pleased to be a part of this support solution that Penguin provides," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. “Lustre provides benefits for the most demanding storage environments. If you use Lustre, we’re there for you.”

For more details on Whamcloud and its Lustre support and development services, please see:

About Penguin Computing

For well over a decade Penguin Computing has been dedicated to delivering complete, integrated High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions that are innovative, cost effective and easy to use. Penguin offers a complete end-to-end portfolio of products and solutions ranging from Linux servers and workstations to integrated, turn-key HPC clusters and cluster management software. For users that want to use supercomputing capabilities on-demand and pay as they go, Penguin offers ‘Penguin on Demand’ (POD), a public HPC cloud that is available instantly and as needed. With its broad portfolio of solutions Penguin is the one-stop shop for HPC and enterprise customers and counts some of the world’s most demanding HPC users as its customers, including Caterpillar, Life Technologies, Dolby, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy.

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 70% of the TOP100 supercomputing sites today and is the best technology for addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.


Source: Whamcloud

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