SOURCE: Whamcloud

November 15, 2011 06:01 ET

Whamcloud and Fujitsu to Collaborate on Lustre Development

Fujitsu to Advance Lustre Development for HPC

DANVILLE, CA and TOKYO--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, and Fujitsu, the global IT products and services company, announced today that both parties agreed to the principal terms of joint Lustre development. This collaboration will include scalability and file system work for Lustre, and merging Fujitsu's Lustre enhancements into the Lustre 2.x community release.

"Lustre is a central technology in our supercomputing products, and we look forward to working closely with Whamcloud, the leader in file system software technologies, to advance performance, add features and push supercomputing capabilities to new levels," said Yuji Oinaga, Head of Next Generation Technical Computing Unit at Fujitsu, the company that together with RIKEN is a joint developer of the world's fastest supercomputer, the K computer(1). "Fujitsu is committed to being at the forefront of supercomputing technologies."

"Working with Fujitsu is an extreme honor, and we look forward to their Lustre enhancements benefiting the entire community," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "Lustre is the most widely used file system in HPC and is deployed in the most extreme computing environments. Fujitsu's rigorous quality standards are well known and this agreement is a great vote of confidence for the future of Lustre."

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About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT)-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in over 100 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see:

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.

1. K computer
The K computer, which is being jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu, is part of the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative led by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Configuration of the K computer began in the end of September 2010, with availability for shared use scheduled for 2012. The "K computer" is the nickname RIKEN has been using for the supercomputer of this project since July 2010. "K" comes from the Japanese Kanji letter "Kei" which means ten peta or 10 to the 16th power. The logo for the K computer based on the Japanese letter for Kei, was selected in October 2010. In its original sense, "Kei" expresses a large gateway, and it is hoped that the system will be a new gateway to computational science.

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