December 16, 2005
IBM has developed a strategy that allows customers to use its General Parallel File System (GPFS) across mixed-vendor supercomputing systems. IBM has several initiatives created to encourage GPFS support on all hardware platforms, including non-IBM hardware. IBM is offering access to GPFS source code to eligible clients, who may choose to adapt GPFS to other platforms and share their work with other licensees.
Linux Networx is the first hardware vendor under the strategy to license GPFS for its customers who wish to manage files in mixed-vendor supercomputing environments. Linux Networx will sell, tune, optimize and support IBM's GPFS solution at customer data centers as an integrated element within its LS Series of Linux Supersystems.
GPFS is a file system for high-performance computing clusters that provides high-speed file access to applications executing on multiple nodes of a Linux or AIX cluster. GPFS scalability and performance are designed to meet the needs of data-intensive applications such as engineering design, digital media, data mining, financial analysis, seismic data processing and scientific research.
"As the popularity of Linux-based computing clustering grows, so does the need for simplified and highly performant file management software that is able to function across any hardware platform," said David Turek, vice president of Deep Computing at IBM. "Customers will welcome the ability to use this superior file system across their data centers, in ways more flexible than ever before."
Scientists have used GPFS to create a scalable parallel file system that is capable of supporting hundreds of terabytes of storage within a single file system.
"GPFS provides excellent functionality and very scalable performance for the data-intensive, analytical applications of today's high performance computing environments -- helping us to change the very way that science and engineering are conducted," said Bill Kramer, NERSC general manager and head of High Performance Computing at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Now that GPFS is available on multiple vendors' systems, NERSC was able to implement a global file system across mixed architectures, enabling our users to be much more productive."
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