CFMS selects ArcaStream for HPC storage system

Bristol, 23rd June 2016 – The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a specialist in high value design capability today announced that it has awarded the contract for the refresh of its high performance computing (HPC) storage system to ArcaStream, a provider of bespoke scale-out storage and data management solutions.

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, CFMS commented:

“The ArcaStream solution will enable CFMS and its customers to flexibly and seamlessly store, access and manage data, providing a software defined scale-out storage and data management solution specifically designed for the research and simulation market.”    

The selection of ArcaStream by CFMS, follows the recent announcement of its HPC infrastructure refresh, where the Cray® CS400™ cluster supercomputer, utilising Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600v v4 product family, formerly codenamed “Broadwell” was chosen.

CFMS has selected a fully integrated storage solution from ArcaStream, powered by IBM’s Spectrum Scale, a high performance, software-defined storage platform. Also included are ArcaStream’s data management tools and development toolkit, accelerating collaborative workflows with granular insight into data usage and growth trends.

Offering a hardware-agnostic strategic platform for growth, the ArcaStream solution will enable CFMS to efficiently and granularly manage its data storage as demand fluctuates and requirements change, providing a scalable, high performance file and data management system, capable of addressing near-limitless amounts of data within a single global namespace.

Greg Furmidge, Sales Director, ArcaStream said “We’re extremely proud that CFMS chose to invest in the ArcaStream Software defined solution for the HPC storage infrastructure. Coupled with our data management and metadata analytics software, CFMS will be able to offer industry leading services now and accurately plan their growth for the future”

System installation of Cray and ArcaStream solutions at CFMS will take place Summer 2016. Upon completion, an opening ceremony will be held to mark the launch of the new supercomputing facilities at CFMS.


About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent and not-for-profit organisation that specialises in high value design capability. With a vision to drive a practical revolution in engineering design capability, we promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by HPC, pushing the boundaries of technology.

Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual and physical facility, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and awareness of state-of-the art.

Our collaborative links extend across industry, academia and the research supply chain. Engaging with organisations large and small, we enable companies of all sizes to experience the full benefit of modelling and simulation, helping to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making.

For more information visit www.cfms.org.uk or contact CFMS on 0117 906 1100 or email info@cfms.org.uk

About ArcaStream

ArcaStream Ltd was formed in 2012 and features the most experienced independent team of scale-out storage and networking experts in the UK. ArcaStream delivers bespoke scale-out storage and data management solutions designed exclusively for the needs of research and simulation users.

By providing its customers with a hardware-agnostic strategic platform for growth, ArcaStream enables organisations to efficiently and granularly manage data storage costs as demands fluctuate and requirements change, without being tied to any particular storage hardware manufacturer. As a result, procurement departments are able to make decisions based on best value metrics at the time of expansion, without any disruption to the business and its users.