Unigroup's March 2011 Meeting Announcement

HPC Cluster Parallel Filesystems & Storage Architecture: Lustre & GPFS

Ercan Kamber, Ph.D., VP of Engineering,
from RAID, Incorporated

Thursday, 17-MAR-2011      (** 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 502_CS   (Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
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6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

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Unigroup is pleased to announce our March 2011 meeting on High Performance Computing Cluster Parallel Filesystems and Storage Architecture.

Preliminary Presentation:

Before the main presentation, we are planning a special short informal discussion about the Latest in Malware Threats. Our guest speaker is a Malware Removal expert: Per Hollander, Ph.D., who has just returned from a Microsoft MVP Event out in Redmond, where Malware effecting Windows, Linux and Macs was discussed.

Main Presentation:

RAID, Inc. specializes in High Performance Storage Technologies, and you may have seen them exhibiting at one of the recent High Performance Computing shows, here in NYC. RAID's VP of Engineering, Ercan Kamber, Ph.D, will be presenting the topic of High Performance Parallel Filesystems and Storage Architecture.


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Topic: HPC Cluster Parallel Filesystems & Storage Architecture: Lustre & GPFS

Introduction & Description of Talk:

RAID will be discussing the Parallel Filesystems that are being used by "The Top 100". Basically, it comes down to Lustre (60 of 100) and GPFS (22 of 100), where 17 of remaining are unknown, and there are 1-2 others. Given the popularity of Lustre and GPFS, that will be the focus of our meeting.

Outline of Talk:


RAID Inc. Unigroup Presentation Slides:

  1. RAIDINC_HPC_Cluster_Parallel_Filesystems_Storage_Architecture_Lustre_GPFS.pdf (PDF)

References & Web Resources:

  RAID, Inc.


Preliminary Presentation:

Per Hollander, Ph.D. MVP Windows Security 2006-2008, Consumer Security 2009-2010, Administrator Malware Removal Forum and Admin and Teacher Malware Removal University.

Main Presentation:

Dr. Ercan Kamber, VP of Engineering at RAID, Inc. is a leading expert on scalable storage solutions that work on Linux platforms and is a member of OpenSFS technical working group. The path he took while doing Physics research provided him with extensive technical experience in scalable storage solutions, HPC and research computing. At RAID, Inc. he architected and deployed turnkey end-to-end solutions that solve customers' massive, scalable storage and computational needs. He truly believes in a consultative approach and careful business analysis for architecting the right solution. He enjoys strategizing with customers to overcome their most challenging data, IT and engineering problems and turning cutting edge technologies into products and solutions. He does not shy away from getting his hands dirty and tinkers with new technologies constantly.


RAID Inc. is an end-to-end, high-performance solutions provider focused on the cutting edge of technology and specializing in the high-performance market. Since 1994, we have approached each and every customer as a partner, taking a consultative approach to better understand each customer's individual needs in order to provide the optimum solution.

RAID currently has multiple installations within a wide assortment of industry verticals, including Department of Defense contractors, Fortune 500 corporations and research groups at major national laboratories and universities. The solutions deployed for these clients are turnkey solutions incorporating parallel file systems, storage, interconnects and compute clusters.

RAID Inc. partners with customers to develop proof-of-concept initiatives for new technology deployments. One of our goals is to add value by partnering with organizations in support of technology advancements and increasing overall application performance.

For information about RAID Inc., visit: http://www.raidinc.com


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

We have some Solaris Related CD-ROMs from our friends at the local NYC Sun Microsystems Office.

(Note: We are low on books right now.)


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

RAID Inc. will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting. Thanks RAID Inc.!

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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