See you at the summit

Next week, we are celebrating our partnership with CloudByte by sharing a booth with them at the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles. Stop by the booth and learn about Pogo Linux storage solutions running OpenEBS by CloudByte. Be sure to enter our drawing. We’re giving away a 2 TB Solid State Drive to a lucky attendee!

Hyper-Converged Storage

OpenEBS by open_ebs_logo_1CloudByte offers cloud native block storage for stateful applications. Highly scalable scale-out storage with per-volume metadata management is at the foundation of the design. Couple this with Pogo’s proven expertise in software-defined-storage for a highly scalable and incredibly reliable storage solution.

The Open Source Summit takes place at the JW Marriot L.A. LIVE in downtown L.A. next Monday through Thursday (September 11 – 14). Click here for all the details. See you there!

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A plug-in hybrid for your data center

Plug-in hybrid cloud

IMAGINE seamlessly integrating a cloud-based storage appliance that works in perfect harmony with your on-premise storage solution.

INTRODUCING a hybrid cloud storage solution that combines on-premise Pogo Linux Storage Director appliances with the OSNEXUS Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) for Microsoft Azure.

Hybrid Cloud Storage with OSNEXUS and Microsoft Azure

The Pogo Linux Storage Director series of SDS appliances is the ideal building block for creating a hybrid cloud storage solution. By providing many different storage and connectivity options, organizations can take advantage of the cost, performance, and security advantages of having local large-scale storage, without sacrificing the benefits of a cloud-based storage solution. By creating a storage grid between the on-premise Pogo Storage Director and the OSNEXUS VSA hosted in Microsoft Azure, customers can seamlessly serve storage to both local and cloud applications in a completely integrated environment. This hybrid approach optimizes cost, qs_icon_storagecloud2gperformance, and security to help customers get the most out of their IT resources.

Pogo Linux is now including a QuantaStor VSA cloud license key with all of their OSNexus based Storage Director series appliances. The key will provide a QuantaStor VSA cloud license for the Microsoft Azure platform.

“Storage Director appliances combined with QuantaStor VSAs running on the Microsoft Azure platform provides flexibility to organizations managing their storage assets in any data center, on-premises or in the cloud.”
-Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS

Read the press release at PR Newswire.

Contact a Pogo Linux sales engineer to configure your ideal hybrid cloud storage appliance with and OSNEXUS QuantaStor VSA license for Microsoft Azure.

Pogo Linux Storage Director


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New CPUs from Intel & AMD: Live on The Lunduke Show

Paul Bibaud, our VP of Sales & Product Development, just made his second appearance on The Lunduke Hour. This time out, he spoke with Bryan at length about the newly unveiled datacenter platforms from AMD and Intel. It’s a rare event that we get brand new high-end processors from the big two manufacturers at so nearly the same time. Paul and Bryan talked about the product launches, looked at benchmarks, explored the strengths of each platform, and had a few laughs.

Graphics from the Video

Here is a better look at the front and back of each CPU (click for full size). 

AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon SP - front and back

Here is the benchmark graph showing the strong multi-thread performance of the AMD EPYC.

2-socket leadership in floating point

Here is the graph from AnandTech showing Intel’s superior performance in transactional database performance.

AnandTech Database Benchmark Results

Two Very Impressive Architectures

As Paul explained in the video, both of these new platforms are very impressive. Each has strengths in key areas. In a single-CPU configuration, the AMD EPYC is the clear choice, with its 128 PCI lanes versus 48 on the Intel Xeon SP. For raw performance the Intel comes out ahead in every category save floating point. However, the AMD chips frequently have more cores. As always, the workload will dictate which is best.

New CPUs are rather large

A CPU for Every Workload

When researching a new IT purchase, navigating the available hardware options can be daunting, especially when dealing with brand new architectures. We strongly recommend contacting Paul and our Sales Engineering team for up-to-the-minute advice. We will help ensure you get the ideal solution for your workload and budget!

Configure your Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family Server Now

AMD EPYC Servers


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OSNEXUS Certified AMD EPYC Storage Platform

OSNEXUS Certified AMD EPYC Storage Server

OSNEXUS has just certified the Storage Director Q2E for their QuantaStor SDS platform, making this the first AMD™ EPYC™ system to receive the designation. The recently unveiled AMD EPYC processor has shown great promise as a storage platform and this promise has just been realized with the Pogo Linux Storage Director Q2E software defined storage (SDS) node.

“The new AMD EPYC Processors are extremely innovative in that they offer a single-processor solution that has a high core count, high memory bandwidth, and I/O optimized for today’s workloads. We are pleased that the Pogo Storage Director Q2E, powered by QuantaStor SDS, has passed our certification tests and is exceeding our performance expectations.”  -Steve Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS

Next Generation Technology

The newly certified Storage Director Q2E enables companies to take advantage of next-generation technology in the processor, server, and software-defined storage fields simultaneously. This combination continues to drive storage performance up, while at the same time reducing storage costs for even the most demanding environments.

Enterprise-Class SDS with OSNEXUS

OSNEXUS QuantaStor SDS delivers a complete array of enterprise features and capabilities for file, block, and object storage. QuantaStor SDS addresses a broad set of storage use cases including server virtualization, big data, cloud computing, and high performance applications.

Storage Director Q2E

Full IO Connectivity with a Single CPU

Compared to previous generations, the Storage Director Q2E provides a huge step forward in computing, IO performance and bandwidth. Not only does the new AMD EPYC platform greatly increase performance, the platform also reduces costs by allowing the full use of all IO connectivity with only a single processor.

“AMD EPYC is advancing high-performance computing through its highly scalable 32-core system-on-a-chip design. I am impressed with the initial performance across workloads we have seen on EPYC with the combined Storage Director Q2E and QuantaStor SDS solution.”  -Erik Logan, CEO of Pogo Linux

Built for Software Defined Storage

In most storage deployments, a powerful appliance or head node makes all the difference. However, most storage systems are not CPU bound. The critical attributes are number of I/O lanes, bandwidth, and available memory. Storage systems require maximum connectivity (lots of PCIe lanes) and high memory counts (lots of caching). Processing power is often a secondary concern. AMD EPYC processors allow a single processor storage system to maximize performance while saving upfront costs and decreasing power consumption. Talk to an engineer at Pogo Linux and find out how a Storage Director Q2E can exceed your expectations.

Storage Director Q2E


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Storage Servers with Uninterruptible Power

Unstoppable Power - Pogo Linux Iris 429-24 and Atlas 413-24

As IT professionals, we all work hard to keep our company’s stored data secure, yet available. We spend a great deal of time and money on ensuring the privacy and integrity of the information our organizations need to store.

On the long list of mandatory hardware and software components for any secure IT environment, one line item that sometimes overlooked is redundant power. Frequently, smaller organizations do not have the budget or physical space for costly Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). Nonetheless, the necessity for protection from power outages is always a concern.

No Additional Hardware NeededNo UPS necessary

Pogo Linux now offers an elegant solution to the power conundrum – two well-appointed 4U storage servers with optional built-in UPS battery backup. In the case of a power outage, the system can shut itself down gracefully, using no additional hardware outside the system itself. It is designed from the ground up to be the complete storage solution for organizations requiring on-premise secure data storage with 24-7-365 data availability.

The Iris 429-24 storage server boasts the best of the latest technologies, such as Intel™ Xeon™ SP processors, up to 512 GB DDR4 memory, redundant power supplies, redundant 2.5″ OS drives, and up to 24 SAS or SATA drives. The Atlas 413-24 sports the same great overall feature set, built atop the new AMD™ EPYC™ platform.

Enjoy the peace of mind that uninterruptible storage brings to your organization with the Iris 429-24 and Atlas 413-24 Storage Servers.

Configure your storage server with battery backup


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What is Ethereum and why should you mine it?

By now, you’ve probably heard of Ethereum mining. It’s definitely the new hotness – the number of folks joining the fold has exponentially spiked over the last couple of months. Are you interested in jumping in? Still wondering what it is and why people are so excited about it? Read on…

What is Ethereum, anyway?

From the Ethereum website:

Ethereum is a community-driven project aiming to decentralize the internet and return it to its democratic roots. It is a platform for building and deploying applications which do not need to rely on trust and cannot be controlled by any central authority.

Want to try mining? Here’s how to get started.

The first step is to set up a wallet. You will need a wallet address to store Ether or make transactions. A wallet is essentially a log which keeps track of transactions between people. You can use online or desktop wallets to store this data. The easiest is going to be an online wallet. Two suggestions for an online wallet are MyEtherWallet and Coinbase. Though Coinbase may be easier to set up, MyEtherWallet allows for exporting to other applications. Once you get your wallet set up, download your keystore file. You will need to ensure you keep this file, and the generated private key.

You will also want to research and choose a pool. A pool is a collection of miners that are jointly working to solve a block faster than one single miner. By joining a pool, you can gain ether for blocks you help solve, rather than blocks you only solve on your own. There are many different public pools with different payoffs and percentages. Research pools to find one you are comfortable with. We chose ethermine.org for our short term testing.

Ethereum BG Image

Once all that is set up, you will need a system that supports a modern linux distribution and a modern GPU. We used our Tempest M2 system as a base which consisted of a Core i7-6700k, 16GB of Ram and a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. CPU selection is not critical, so there is no reason not to get a more affordable CPU such as an entry level Celeron or Pentium. For Linux running at the command line only, you can get away with 4GB-8GB of ram.

Setting up the software

We installed Ubuntu 16.04 with the latest updates as well as the latest NVIDIA Driver:

wget 
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1404/x86_64/
cuda-repo-ubuntu1404_7.5-18_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1404_7.5-18_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -y install software-properties-common
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git cmake libcrypto++-dev libleveldb-dev libjsoncpp-dev 
libjsonrpccpp-dev libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev libreadline-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev 
ocl-icd-libopencl1 opencl-headers mesa-common-dev libmicrohttpd-dev build-essential cuda -y

We then installed the Claymore application for mining:
https://github.com/nanopool/Claymore-Dual-Miner/releases

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://github.com/nanopool/Claymore-Dual-Miner/releases/download/v9.5/
Claymore.s.Dual.Ethereum.Decred_Siacoin_Lbry_Pascal.AMD.NVIDIA.GPU.Miner.
v9.5.-.LINUX.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /usr/local/claymore95
sudo tar -xvf Claymore.s.Dual.Ethereum.Decred_Siacoin_Lbry_Pascal.AMD.NVIDIA.GPU.Miner.
v9.5.-.LINUX.tar.gz -C /usr/local/claymore95

We then created a script to set up claymore for mining:

cd /usr/local/claymore95
sudo chmod u+s ethdcrminer64
sudo nano mine.sh

We then set up the following in the mine.sh file:

#!/bin/sh
export GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR=0
export GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE=100
export GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS=1
export GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT=100
export GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT=100
./ethdcrminer64 -epool <Mining_Pool_Address> -ewal <Your_Ethereum_Wallet_Address>.
<Friendly_Name_For_Computer> -epsw x -mode 1 -tt 68 -allpools 1
 
 
Replace <Mining_Pool_Address> with the address of your mining pool
Replace <Your_Ethereum_Wallet_Address> with your Ethereum wallet address
Replace <Friendly_Name_For_Computer> with a name for your rig (e.g.: PogoMiner)

Be sure to chmod the file to allow executable permissions: “sudo chmod +x mine.sh
After that, just run the script and start mining! It will take some time for things to get going, and it is recommended to script this into a screen as well as auto startup if you plan on mining long term. Finally, be sure to check out the EtherMining subreddit. There is a lot of useful information there.

Do you have questions about Ethereum and the hardware to start your own mine? Please let us know.

Tempest M2 from Pogo Linux


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Intel Xeon SP – A datacenter on your desk

Xeon SP Desktop Datacenter

Earlier this month, we were proud to announce the all-new Intel™ Xeon™ SP family, making it available to you in our new line of servers.  Intel heralded their new platform as the “Biggest data center platform advancement in a decade.” As pleased as we’ve been with the performance of the new servers, it should go without saying that we’ve been chomping at the bit to introduce a desktop workstation built on this new Xeon SP platform. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the new Pogo Linux Velocity D59SQ.

Architected for the Datacenter – Astounding on the Desktop

With up to 28 cores per CPU and up to 512 GB of memory, the Velocity D59SQ promises exceptional multi-threaded performance. As expected with every architectural upgrade by Intel, you can expect nothing less than world class performance.

Configure your own Velocity D59SQ featuring Intel Xeon SP Processors here.

Velocity D59SQ with Intel Xeon SP


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Finally an EPYC Desktop

AMD EPYC Workstation

Last month, we were proud to announce the all-new AMD EPYC processor, making it available to you in our new line of servers.  As pleased as we’ve been with the performance of the new servers, it should go without saying that we’ve been chomping at the bit to introduce a desktop workstation built on this new EPYC platform. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the new Pogo Linux Vorticon 575E.

High Thread Count

With an available 24 or 32 cores per CPU plus up to 512 GB of memory, the Vorticon 575E promises exceptional multi-threaded performance. Given the half-decade gap since AMD’s last major platform upgrade, we’ve been expecting nothing less than world class performance numbers. With the benchmark numbers we’ve been seeing in our initial tests, we are happy to report there’s once again some competition in the high-performance computing market. The price-to-performance ratio of the AMD EPYC platform makes it a compelling alternative to the leading enterprise computing platforms.

EPYC at a glance

  Vorticon 575E

 

Configure your own Pogo Linux Vorticon 575E featuring AMD EPYC Processors here

AMD EPYC Servers

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Bryan Lunduke Gets Schooled about VR by Pogo Linux

Last week, Chris Stevenson (our resident VR expert), was a special guest on The Lunduke Hour, hosted by Bryan Lunduke. They had an enlightening conversation about Virtual Reality platforms, what industries are driving the evolution of VR, and what kind of system you need to make the most of a VR kit. Watch it here:

Pogo Linux VR Development Workstations

Pogo engineers are continually on top of the latest developments in VR technology and can design the ideal configuration to meet the unique demands of your project. Pogo VR workstations are the perfect development platform for this next generation technology.

Need to get cracking on your next VR project? Check out our full line of VR Development Workstations. Questions? Give our sales engineers a shout at 1-888-828-7646 or drop us an email at sales@pogolinux.com.

Configure your VR system now

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Performance for the Next Generation Datacenter

Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

With applications and workloads becoming increasingly complex, it is vital for any new hardware platform to keep up with continually increasing performance demands. Launching today, the new Intel© Xeon© Processor Scalable Family does just that with several key improvements in architecture and performance. The platform benefits greatly from a 1.5x increase in memory bandwidth and support for DDR4 2666 memory modules. In addition, the older QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) has been replaced by the new Intel© UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) increasing speeds to 10.4 GT/s. A revised cache hierarchy boosts the amount of private L2 cache per core to reduce contention and increase performance. All of these performance enhancements coupled with up to 28 cores and 56 threads per socket make the new Pogo Linux Iris servers, powered by the new Intel© Xeon© Processor Scalable Family perfect for today and tomorrow’s most diverse and demanding data center applications.

Improved Efficiency

Alongside the performance improvements, the new Iris servers also provide enhanced features focused on energy efficiency and power management. New optimized Turbo profiles mean servers can reduce clock frequencies more gradually as the number of active cores increases. This provides a better range of performance while reducing power consumption. Other advancements include dynamic power sharing between core, uncore, and MCP companion die, plus larger L2 cache for reduced interconnect and coherence activity, increasing efficiency. For power management, the processors support the new Intel© Speed Shift Technology for autonomous P-state control. This new technology increases the cooperation between hardware and software performance control, providing finer grained, faster power control changes. All of these additions and updates add up to the most power efficient Xeon© processors Intel© has ever produced. Intel-Xeon-Scalable-6

Hardware-Enhanced Security

Security is also a top priority with the new platforms. Page Protection Keys (PPK) extends the paging architecture to provide page-granular, thread-private user-level memory protection. Additionally, Mode Based Execution (MBE) protects against malicious kernel updates in a virtualized system. Also, MPX (Memory Protection Extension) enables bounds checking on data accesses to prevent buffer overflow attacks.

Key Features

○1.5x increase in memory bandwidth and support for DDR4 2666 
○ Up to 28 cores / 56 threads per socket
○ Ultra Path Interconnect (Intel© UPI) replaces QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) 
○ Re-architected L2 & L3 cache hierarchy – larger private L2 cache, less shared L3
○ New instruction set architecture enhancements including compute (Intel AVX-512),
virtualization (improved time stamp counter), and security (Page Protections Keys,
Mode Based Execution, MPX – Memory Protection Extension)
○ Energy Efficiency:
■ Optimized intermediate core turbo profile
■ Dynamic power sharing between core, uncore, and MCP companion die
■ Larger L2 cache reduces interconnect and coherence activity
○ Power Management Enhancements:
■ Intel Speed Shift Technology for autonomous P-state control
■ Improved core and uncore frequency scaling heuristics
■ On-die Pmax detector for rapid response to power excursions
○ Newly optimized Turbo profiles enables large frequency increases
at intermediate active core counts

Configure your Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family Server Now

See the complete line of new Pogo Linux Iris Servers featuring the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family at:
http://www.pogolinux.com/products/intel-xeon-processor-scalable-family-servers


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