SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

March 13, 2012 11:15 ET

DataDirect Networks (DDN), Worldwide Leader in Lustre® Storage Systems, Renews Support for OpenSFS Lustre Community

DDN Continues to Invest in Essential Open-Source Supercomputing File System

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2012) - DataDirect Networks (DDN), world leader in massively scalable storage, reaffirmed its leadership of the Lustre® community today by announcing its continued support for Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. (OpenSFS), a nonprofit Lustre community group, at the highest membership level. DDN's ongoing investment in Lustre, a massively parallel open-source file system used for large-scale cluster computing, has exceeded more than $10M to date.

Released in 2009, DDN's EXAScaler file storage system was the first Lustre appliance in the storage industry and helped expand Lustre's user base both within the traditional supercomputing community and beyond. Currently, 75% of all identifiable Lustre sites in the Top500 ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers rely on DDN, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA's Ames Research Center, France's Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA), McGill University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech).

"No other company invests more heavily in Lustre than DDN," said Jeff Denworth,
Vice President of Marketing, DataDirect Networks. "Our engineering and professional services experts have devoted thousands of hours to optimizing Lustre deployments worldwide, and we are pleased to fully support OpenSFS as it continues to develop vital resources for the HPC community."

DDN is one of four co-founders of OpenSFS, and a DDN executive has served on the organization's Board of Directors since its inception.

"DDN is a pre-eminent Lustre leader," said Norman Morse, president and CEO of OpenSFS. "The investment in OpenSFS by DDN and other organizations will help further the development of open source scalable file systems like Lustre to the benefit of the entire HPC community."

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About OpenSFS
Founded in 2010, OpenSFS is a non-profit California corporation focused on high-end, open-source file system technologies. The goals of the organization are to provide a forum for collaboration among entities deploying file systems on leading edge HPC systems, to communicate future requirements to open-source file system developers, and to support the release of file systems which have been designed to meet these goals. The group's initial focus is the Lustre parallel file system, which supports many of the requirements of leadership class HPC simulation environments, has a diverse development community and is open-source software.

Founded by Cray Inc., DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), OpenSFS draws from combined funding to ensure substantial and sustained community benefit through advancing the stability, usability and scalability of sophisticated open-source file system technologies. More information can be found online at

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

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