The UNT HPC team has deployed another high-speed parallel filesystem affectionately named scratch2. It is running Lustre 2.5.2 on a DDN SFA7700X storage appliance. The SFA7700X is a hybrid flash storage appliance, purpose-built for Big Data requirements that enables our researchers to continue solving bigger problems. This filesystem has 1.4PB total available and can sustain speeds of up to 10GB/s over FDR Infiniband. For more info see: http://www.ddn.com/products/lustre-file-system-exascaler/
In this video from from the Dell booth at SC13, Rich Brueckner from insideBIGDATA moderates a panel entitled: Solving the HPC Data Deluge: 21st Century Storage Best Practices.
"At the February 14 meeting of the UNT Board of Regents, a proposal was approved to enter into a three-year lease with Dell for the replacement of our current HPC equipment. Coordination between UNT's Research and Economic Development, University Information Technology, and UNT's Finance and Budget office has resulted in a funding model that establishes a regular 3-year cycle to replenish HPC technology in order to keep researchers competitive while providing a base level of broad usage HPC technology as a utility for the entire campus." - Dr. Philip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer for University Information Technology