RAIDCore Spanning Provides Superior Storage Capacity and Performance for High Performance Computing Storage Applications
Reno, NV, November 12, 2007- Ciprico Inc. (NASDAQ: CPCI), a leading provider of intelligent storage software, solutions and appliances, will be demonstrating their RAIDCore host bus adapter (HBA) in a storage server capable of exceeding 2.2 Gigabytes per second of throughput at this year's SC07 Conference. The 24-drive array using Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' Ultrastar(TM) SAS hard disk drives spans across three economical RAIDCore SAS/SATA HBAs, enabling sustained high performance operation, significantly higher capacity, and superior data management. This demonstration will occur at the SC07 High Performance Computing Conference at Booth 3248 on November 12-16, 2007 in Reno, NV.
High performance computing (HPC) is often gated by the disk I/O subsystem's ability to process tremendous amounts of data at sufficient speeds. Using RAIDCore spanning technology, multiple RAIDCore HBAs can be aggregated to build single, flat RAID arrays of up to 32 Terabytes resulting in greater performance, superior management, and improved storage density, while eliminating the I/O bottleneck. This contrasts with other storage HBAs that either aggregate all traffic through a single controller creating a bottleneck both on the PCI Express bus and in the controller's onboard CPU; or force users to stripe across RAID storage arrays using the operating system, causing performance and management issues, as well as decreased storage utilization.
"The RAIDCore HBA solution from Ciprico is ideal for our high performance computing customers doing massive simulations and demanding both tremendous capacity and superior performance," said Dominic Daninger, Vice President of Engineering for Nor-Tech, a Ciprico customer. "Their highly power-efficient architectures also enable our products to provide energy-efficient, high performance storage that operates within standard AC power parameters."
"The Hitachi Ultrastar 15K300 is a performance leader designed for use in the most demanding enterprise storage environments," added Currie Munce, Vice President, Enterprise HDD Business Group, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "The combination of Hitachi Ultrastar drives with Ciprico RAIDCore HBAs provides end-users and system builders an outstanding combination of performance, reliability and power efficiency."
"The tremendous amount of data generated and processed in HPC environments has historically demanded very elaborate, power-hungry and expensive storage architectures," concluded Steve Merrifield, President and Chief Executive Officer for Ciprico. "Using a single server and Ciprico's new PCI Express expansion storage box, RAIDCore transcends these historic problems by simplifying the management of massive amounts of storage capacity; providing stellar performance; reducing power consumption, congestion, and latency; and decreasing the overall system cost."
Individuals interested in viewing a live demonstration may visit Ciprico at Booth 3248 at the SC07 High Performance Computing Conference on November 12-16, 2007 in Reno, NV.
The platform used in this performance test is described below:
o 1 RC5252-08 RAIDCore SAS/SATA PCI Express HBA
o 1 RC5152-08 RAIDCore SAS/SATA PCI-X HBA
o Ciprico MV5108SR MediaVault External PCIe storage array
o 24 Hitachi Ultrastar 15K300 147GB SAS Hard Disk Drives
o MSI dual quad-core Intel processor motherboard
o IOMeter running RAID 0, 16 outstanding IO
Ciprico Inc. (NASDAQ: CPCI) is a leading provider of intelligent storage software, solutions and appliances for business to enterprise class IT servers, professional workstations and digital media workflows. As a pioneer in the emerging software based virtualized RAID market, the company's RAIDCore product line has demonstrated its superior reliability, performance, low power and scalability. More information can be found at ciprico.com or by contacting RCSales@ciprico.com.
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