Whamcloud was established in 2010 by High-Performance Computing (HPC) experts Brent Gorda and Eric Barton when they recognized that future advances in computational performance were going to require a revolutionary advance in parallel storage. Whamcloud’s vision is to evolve the state of parallel storage by focusing strategically on high performance and cloud computing applications with demanding requirements for scalability.
Whamcloud was acquired by Intel Corporation in July 2012.
The Whamcloud team, now part of the High Performance Data Division within Intel, sells Lustre support worldwide. Standard configurations as well as complex environments are supported on servers and storage operating in a wide variety of computing environments. The Whamcloud team at Intel also works closely with Lustre community customers to scope development projects that improve Lustre for the community at large. The Whamcloud team at Intel has years of experience successfully developing and supporting Lustre features, bringing them to maturity, and deploying them in production systems. As a part of this broad support of Lustre, the Whamcloud team at Intel also delivers Lustre training in multiple locations.
Because Lustre is open source software, the Lustre community can leverage new developments as they become available. Meanwhile, the current stability, scaleability, performance and multi-vendor nature of Lustre make it attractive to the enterprise market.
Original Whamcloud Founders
General Manager, High Performance Data Division
Brent served as Chief Executive Officer of Whamcloud and helped found the company in the summer of 2010. Before Whamcloud, Brent was Deputy of Advanced Architectures at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories from 2004-2010. Prior to 2004, Brent managed the Future Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Brent has experience founding and leading a number of startups including Bonsai Software, Inc. and MetaExchange, Inc. He has worked in the parallel and HPC computing field since 1986. He earned is BS in Computer Science from University of Alberta and completed graduate work in Computer Science at UC Davis with a focus on parallel computing.
Lead Architect, High Performance Data Division
Eric was Chief Technology Officer of Whamcloud and co-founded the company in the summer of 2010. Eric has been focused on various aspects of the architecture, design, development and technical leadership of Lustre since 2002. Prior to 2002, Eric was a founding member and Director of Software Development at Meiko, Ltd., for ten years and then spent several years as an independent consultant focusing on programming systems for scalable, massively parallel computers. He earned his BSc in Computer Science from Edinburgh University and studied Computer Science at the California Institute of Technology with a focus on CAD and parallel processing.
The Whamcloud Team at Intel
Whamcloud assembled a team of the best in the field of parallel file systems and HPC computing. 100% of the Whamcloud team moved over to Intel during the acquisition in July 2012. On our staff are a significant number of the original developers of Lustre, many with over ten years experience working with Lustre, along with high performance computing veterans familiar with the technologies and challenges faced by the community. Our staff is in place and ready to lead the community toward exascale storage systems.
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