Penguin Computing

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Penguin Computing
FounderSam Ockman
United States
Area served
North America
Number of employees

Penguin Computing is a private supplier of enterprise and high-performance computing and cloud computing solutions in North America and is based in Fremont, California.[1] Penguin Computing pioneers the design, engineering, integration, and delivery of solutions that are based on open architectures and are made of non-proprietary components from a variety of OEM providers. The company's products range from high-end servers and workstations to networking technologies to digital storage to software solutions.


Penguin Computing was an early contributor to the Open Compute Project (OCP), is a Platinum member of the project foundation, and one of a limited number of authorized solutions providers.[2] Penguin Computing developed its Tundra Extreme Scale (Tundra ES) product line (announced, November 2015) to apply the benefits of OCP (including open technology, efficiency, and cost effectiveness) to high-performance computing.[3] Penguin Computing also joined the OpenPOWER Foundation in 2015 with its Magna line of servers built around the Power Architecture and featuring compliance with Open Compute Project Open Rack infrastructure, designed for virtualization workloads in the hyperscale data center.

In 2015, Penguin Computing was awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) tri-laboratory Commodity Technology Systems program, or CTS-1.[4] Under the $39 million contract, Penguin Computing provides over 7 petaFLOPS of computing power at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Coincident with this contract win, Penguin Computing launched its Federal Division to focus specifically on this market space.[5]

The CTS-1 contract also represents one of the first and largest deployments of Intel's Omni-Path high-performance communications architecture.[6] In 2016, Penguin Computing's contributions were recognized with Intel's "Partner of the Year - HPC Technical Computing" award.[7]

In 2003, Penguin Computing, at the time a Linux server company, acquired Scyld Software, a leader in Beowulf cluster management software.[8] Among Penguin Computing's software solutions (offered under its Scyld brand) are:

  • Scyld ClusterWare: end-to-end Beowulf cluster provisioning and management
  • Scyld Cloud Manager: comprehensive management tool to cloud-enable HPC environments for public and private cloud computing
  • Scyld Cloud Workstation: 3D-accelerated, engineering-class, virtual workstations.

The company also operates one of the first, successful, pay-as-you-go, HPC as a Service.[9] The service, called Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD), allows individuals and organizations to utilize a HPC environment without having to invest in on-premise infrastructure while eliminating much of the performance, scalability, and security challenges associated with shared infrastructure and multi-tenant, cloud environments.[10]

POD eliminates the virtualization overhead associated with other cloud computing environments in order to provide the best performance. This is achieved through bare-metal compute nodes, a high-speed and low-latency interconnect, and high-performance storage. POD has hundreds of ready-to-run, optimized applications, and POD offers HPC technical and workflow experts for support at no additional charge.

Penguin Computing emphasizes the end-to-end nature of its portfolio of offerings[citation needed], which includes a wide range of Engineering Services.[5] These include site assessment and data center planning, custom cluster design based on applications and workflows, testing and benchmarking, on-premise deployment, third-party hardware and software integration, software application builds, systems administration, and Linux/HPC technical support.[citation needed]

Historical Timeline

  • 1998: Founded in San Francisco by Sam Ockman
  • 2003: Acquired Scyld Software
  • 2006: Raised US$1.7 million in Series A funding.
  • 2007: Raised US$9 million in Series B and US$3.11 million in Series C funding.
  • 2007: Charles Wuischpard named President and CEO.
  • 2009: Raised US$3.06 million in Debt Financing and US$1.5 million in Venture funding.
  • 2009: Launched Penguin Computing On-Demand HPC cloud computing service.
  • 2011: Raised US$1 million in Series D funding.
  • 2014: Tom Coull promoted to President and CEO.
  • 2015: Tundra ES Open Compute Project product line announced.
  • 2015: Joined OpenPOWER Foundation.
  • 2015: Awarded NNSA's CTS-1 contract.
  • 2016: Received Intel's "Partner of the Year - HPC Technical Computing" award.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hemsoth, Nicole (1 December 2015). "Penguin Charts Fresh Trajectory for Open Hardware". Signal Peak Ventures. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Brueckner, Rich (2 January 2016). "Penguin Computing is now Platinum Member of Open Compute Project (OCP)". Inside HPC. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Penguin Computing's Tundra Extreme Scale Series Implements Solution Targeted for OCP-Compliant High Performance Computing Emerson Network Power's DC Power System". HPC Today. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ "NNSA Announces Procurement of Penguin Computing Clusters to Support Stockpile Stewardship at National Labs". NNSA Press Releases. National Nuclear Security Administration. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ Trader, Tiffany (6 January 2016). "Penguin Computing Mines Commodity Gold". HPC Wire. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Intel® Omni Path Architecture Makes Serious Headway". Top500 The List. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ Bergman, Phillip (31 March 2016). "Penguin Computing Receives Partner of the Year - HPC Technical Computing Award at Intel Solutions Summit". PRWEB. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Linux Server Company Penguin Computing to Acquire Scyld Computing, the Leading Developer of Beowulf High-Performance Clustering Software". Business Wire. 10 June 2003. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  9. ^ Eadline, Douglas. "Moving HPC to the Cloud". Admin Magazine. Admin Magazine. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ Niccolai, James (11 August 2009). "Penguin Puts High-performance Computing in the Cloud". PCWorld. IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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