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IBRIX Software Improves Linux Cluster Performance
Posted Tue February 15, 2005 @09:59AM
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News IBRIX™, Inc., inventor of the Segmented File System™, has announced that the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has implemented IBRIX Fusion™, an enterprise-class, fully-integrated parallel file system solution for a high performance research computing cluster.

TACC, a leading research center for advanced computational research, provides high-end computing, visualization, data storage, networking resources, and support services to researchers at UT Austin and throughout Texas and the United States. Since deploying IBRIX Fusion, TACC has seen a marked improvement in application speed and productivity, enabling the Center to provide superior performance to users.

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“We have had an extremely positive experience with IBRIX both in terms of the initial installation and deployment and the impressive results we have seen with our increased application processing speed,” said Tommy Minyard, manager and research associate for High Performance Computing at TACC. “With IBRIX Fusion we can run more simulations in a fixed time period and the improved file system performance provides better overall compute cluster utilization.”

TACC works with numerous research communities that require intensive computational analysis, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) TeraGrid, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. By employing IBRIX Fusion on its 512 node Cray-Dell Linux cluster, TACC was able to compress the time required to run one cycle of a time-accurate turbulent computational fluid dynamics simulation with very intensive disk requirements from just under one hour to only five minutes, a performance increase of over 10X. And, due to the increased efficiency of the cluster using IBRIX Fusion, TACC was able to run finer grain simulations over much longer time periods, thereby refining the resolution and accuracy of the analysis.

“Organizations such as TACC leverage the capability of cluster computing architectures to solve very complex problems,” said Shaji John, president and CEO of IBRIX, Inc. “The IBRIX Fusion software solution increases the efficiency of their compute infrastructure by eliminating input/output throughput bottlenecks thus enabling faster application performance and more accurate business decisions.”

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