May 31, 2010
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany, May 31 -- The Fraunhofer Parallel File System Team is proud to announce that their file system, FhGFS, has been chosen to power the storage of a new 800 node HPC cluster, the "LOEWE-CSC" at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. The system provided by ClusterVision will be one of the 100 fastest clusters in the world in Q4/2010, based on the TOP500 classification. FhGFS will provide a sustained throughput of 10GB/s with 10 QDR InfiniBand storage servers.
The Fraunhofer Competence Center for High Performance Computing started development of the parallel file system in 2005 to create a scalable, robust and easy to use solution that is especially dedicated to the HPC community. FhGFS is based on a very scalable distributed metadata architecture, provides native Infiniband support and comes with graphical management tools for monitoring and administration. The file system can run on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations and does not rely on specialized hardware like shared storage or specific Linux enterprise distributions.
The Fraunhofer file system is currently presented live at the International Supercomputing Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg (Fraunhofer booth #200). FhGFS can be downloaded for free from http://www.fhgfs.com and is fully supported by Fraunhofer.
Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with research centers and offices in Europe, USA, Asia and Middle East. The majority of the 17,000 staff are qualified scientists. Fraunhofer earns most of the 1.5 billion Euro annual budget through contract research for industry and publicly-financed projects.
ClusterVision is a specialist in the design, implementation and support of small- and large-scale computer clusters. Their clustering technology provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional supercomputers by connecting multiple computers to form a unified powerful computing system. ClusterVision's team of experts has designed and built some of the largest and most complex computational, storage and database clusters in Europe. With a background in applied scientific research and practical experience with a wide range of HPC technologies, the team understands customers' requirements and provides tailor-made solutions. ClusterVision has offices in Amsterdam, Gloucester (UK), Munich, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Oslo and Madrid.
Source: Fraunhofer ITWM
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