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Whamcloud and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre Sign Lustre Support Agreement

Whamcloud Chosen as 'Premier Independent Lustre Support and Development Company' (June 18, 2012)

DANVILLE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/18/12 -- Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed by a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, today announced a Lustre support agreement with the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS).

Founded in 1991 and situated in Lugano, Switzerland, CSCS is an autonomous unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). CSCS develops and promotes technical and scientific services for Swiss research. CSCS has a Lustre-based scratch file system for their flagship supercomputer system, Monte Rosa, which is a 47,872 core Cray XE6. For the file system, they have used the latest Intel Sandy Bridge server hardware, FDR InfiniBand and Lustre v2.2.

"CSCS is one of the shining stars in the European HPC community. We are thrilled to be working with them at the leading edge of Lustre technology," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "The combination of Cray compute and Lustre is a winning combination and affords CSCS and Whamcloud to focus down on metadata performance optimization and reliability for the benefit of the entire community."

"When choosing leading-edge technologies CSCS must rely on a strong partnership with an industry leader for Lustre support. We chose Whamcloud because we see them as the premiere independent Lustre support and development company," said Colin McMurtrie, Group Leader, National HPC Systems, CSCS-Swiss National Supercomputing Centre. "We look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship over the coming year."

Whamcloud and CSCS will be working together to drive performance gains in Lustre metadata performance, tune and optimize the file system to get maximum performance from the back-end storage hardware, and undertake a continuous process to improve the reliability of the Lustre file system.

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About the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)
Founded in 1991, CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, develops and promotes technical and scientific services for the Swiss research community in the fields of high-performance computing. CSCS enables world-class scientific research by pioneering, operating and supporting leading-edge supercomputing technologies. The centre collaborates with domestic and foreign researchers, and carries out its own research in scientific computing. Located in Lugano, in the southern, Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, CSCS is an autonomous unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich).

About Whamcloud
Whamcloud has assembled the best of the world's HPC storage veterans and Lustre experts, and 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 over 60% of the TOP100 supercomputing sites today and is the best technology for addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.

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