SOURCE: Whamcloud

January 24, 2012 08:31 ET

Whamcloud CTO Honored as One of HPCwire's 'People to Watch' in 2012

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, today announced that Whamcloud CTO Eric Barton has been named one of HPCwire's 'People to Watch' in 2012. The industry luminaries selected for this prestigious list are influential thought leaders who enable significant advances in HPC technology or serve as ambassadors for the HPC community.

"It is an honor to be recognized by such a well known HPC publication. But I feel the recognition should go to all the engineers in the Lustre engineering team. We have worked together for many years and through many transitions, and I'm extremely proud to be part of such a dedicated and capable team," said Eric Barton, CTO and Co-founder, Whamcloud. "I think it's the fact that throughout, with the support of the DOE labs, in particular LLNL and ORNL, that we retained a clear long term vision of the path forward for Lustre in HPC as a vendor neutral filesystem that enabled this continuity. It still guides and sustains the development and maturation of Lustre today, including the management tools we're working on that will make Lustre accessible to wider markets. I also believe it was a contributing factor to the formation of the OpenSFS and EOFS community groups which have helped to restore confidence, energy and direction to the whole Open Source Lustre community."

Barton earned his BSc in Computer Science from Edinburgh University before starting graduate work at the California Institute of Technology in Computer Science with a focus on CAD, VLSI and parallel processing. He moved to Inmos to participate in the creation of the Transputer -- a device that integrated compute and communications on a single chip -- before co-founding Meiko in the mid 80s to build HPC clusters. Barton continued to work in HPC with a particular focus on communications and storage. He has worked on Lustre since 2002.

"It's always difficult selecting who should be honored each year, however Barton has clearly done incredible work in bringing Lustre forward, and he is a standout in his field of expertise. Only a year ago, Lustre's future was somewhat uncertain. With Barton's leadership, the return of Lustre was one of the most important trends taking place in HPC in 2011, and we expect Barton will continue to push the technology forward," said Jeff Hyman, President and Group Publisher, Tabor Communications Inc. "The decision to select him was unquestionable -- based upon Whamcloud's progress in 2011, we will definitely be watching the direction Barton guides the company in this year and beyond."

Candidates for HPCwire's annual list are chosen from the academic, government and industrial end-user communities. The final selection is made by the HPCwire editorial and publishing teams, with input from leaders in the HPC community, including past recipients of the recognition.

More information about these awards can be found at the HPCwire website at

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.

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