ThinkParQ – What we do

ThinkParQ is the company behind the popular parallel cluster file system BeeGFS. We address the complex requirement of managing large amounts of data with BeeGFS, an easy to use and highly scalable software-defined storage solution, on-premise and in the cloud.

Next to helping our world-wide BeeGFS customers get the best out of their systems and consulting, we continuously drive the development and optimization of BeeGFS for today’s and tomorrow’s performance-critical systems to its next level. Together with our partners around the globe, system integrators and solution providers, we work hard to create the fastest, most stable and most flexible turn-key solutions for every performance-oriented environment. Therefore, you can find BeeGFS powered solutions not only in HPC, but also in all other markets where performance matters: Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Finance, Oil & Gas, Media & Entertainment, Automotive – You name it.

As BeeGFS had its beginning at the Fraunhofer Center for HPC in Germany, ThinkParQ was founded as a spin-off of Fraunhofer by the key people behind BeeGFS and the companies still cooperate closely together to bring the file system to all organizations and industries which have a need for fast and robust storage, covering the full range from smaller sites up to the largest enterprise systems with thousands of hosts and including some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. If you want to get in contact with us, you can reach us here or if you want to meet in person, you can meet us at various events.



Unfortunately, we don’t have any open vacancies at the moment. However, if you are interested in joining our team then still contact us and let us know

What is BeeGFS…

BeeGFS is a pure software solution for scale-out parallel network-accessible storage, developed with a strong focus on performance and designed for very easy installation and management.

If I/O-intensive workloads are your problem, BeeGFS is the solution.

Get The Most Out Of Your Data: The flexibility, robustness, and outstanding performance of BeeGFS help our customers to increase productivity by delivering results faster and by enabling new data analysis methods that were not possible without the advantages of BeeGFS.

Proven By Customers World-Wide: BeeGFS is used all around the globe to provide extremely fast access to storage systems of all kinds and sizes, from small scale up to enterprise-class systems with thousands of hosts and including some of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

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  • May 28th, 2019Excelero and ThinkParQ Go to Market with Integrated NVMesh® and BeeGFS 
    Excelero, a disruptor in software defined block storage, and ThinkParQ announced that their joint go-to-market relationship is bearing fruit and the firms have successfully integrated Excelero’s NVMesh® software-defined block storage solution for shared NVMe at local latency along with ThinkParQ’s leading parallel cluster file system BeeGFS.

  • April 9th, 2019E8 Storage Announces Partnership with ThinkParQ to Deliver High-Performance File Storage Infrastructure:
     E8 Storage and ThinkParQ announced a technology partnership to enable the integration of the leading parallel cluster file system, BeeGFS, with E8 Storage’s NVMe-oF solution. 

  • March 25th, 2019 –  Inspur to Offer BeeGFS for HPC and AI Clusters:
    Inspur is pleased to announce its partnership with ThinkParQ (the company behind BeeGFS), offering integrated Inspur and BeeGFS system and technical support for HPC and AI cluster solutions users

  • February 5th, 2019  – ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck:
    ThinkParQ the company behind the award-winning parallel file system BeeGFS is pleased to announce its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck in APAC.

  • November 27, 2018  – HPCWire: Move Over Lustre and Spectrum Scale, Here Comes BeeGFS:
    Is BeeGFS – the parallel file system with European roots – on a path to compete with Lustre and Spectrum Scale worldwide in HPC environments? Frank Herold’s unsurprising answer is yes. Herold is CEO of ThinkParQ, the company created in 2014 to commercialize BeeGFS.

  • November 12, 2018  – BeeGFS wins the HPCwire Best HPC Storage Product or Technology at SC18:
    ThinkParQ’s leading parallel cluster file system, BeeGFS has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2018 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), in Dallas, Texas.  The list of winners were revealed at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website, located at

  • October 25 2018  – BeeGFS based burst buffer enables world record hyperscale data distribution:  
    ThinkParQ announced today that BeeGFS, the leading parallel cluster file enabled a world record hyperscale data distribution with AIC and Zettar. For the 3rd time running since 2016, BeeGFS has been instrumental in enabling three Zettar’s world records including the latest ‘Holy Grail’ world record run: a long distance data transfer of 1 PB in 29 hours (1 PiB = 1.1259 PB).

  • August 1, 2018  –  Exclusive Platinum Partnership with Advanced HPC
    Advanced HPC, a leading HPC specialist and solutions provider, announced today that it has become the first and only U.S. Platinum Partner of BeeGFS, the globally-renowned parallel cluster file system. By achieving Platinum status for BeeGFS, Advanced HPC is able to offer the parallel file system with highly competitive pricing and best-in-class support. Additionally, Advanced HPC’s extensive history, expertise and training with BeeGFS enables the company to deliver wholly unique, customized solutions.

  • June 6, 2018 – Bright and BeeGFS Share Plans for TERATEC 2018 Forum
    ThinkParQ, the company behind the leading parallel file system BeeGFS, will co-exhibit with Bright Computing, a global leader in cluster and cloud infrastructure automation software, at the TERATEC Forum (booth #6), taking place June 19 and 20, at Ecole Polytechnique in France. The partnership between these two companys enables organizations to leverage the full performance of their available hardware while ensuring all components within the HPC environment are easy to manage. 

  • May 30, 2018  – BeeGFSv7 generally available
    With the immediate availability of the major release of BeeGFS version 7 we’re introducing storage pools as an innovative approach to leverage different types of storage targets. This enables customers to get highest performance access when needed by also having access to high capacity storage within the same namespace. BeeGFS version 7 also includes modification event logging as well as performance and load monitoring capabilities.

  • March 27, 2018  – ThinkParQ teams up with Nyriad for GPU-accelerated Storage:
    At NVIDIA GTC in San Jose, Nyriad and ThinkParQ announced a partnership to develop a certification program for high performance, resilient storage systems that combine the BeeGFS parallel file system with NSULATE, Nyriad’s solution for GPU-accelerated storage-processing.

  • March 8, 2018  – TUK in Germany installs NEC LX Supercomputer with Intel Omni-Path:
    NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered an LX series supercomputer to Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), one of Germany’s leading Universities of Technology. The storage solution is based on the widely deployed BeeGFS parallel file system made in Germany.

  • December 8, 2017 – Quanta Cloud Technology präsentiert QxSmart High-Performance Computing/Deep Learning:
    QCT kooperiert mit ThinkParQ bei der Schaffung skalierbarer Lösungen für HPC-Cluster, High-Performance Anwendungen und datenintensive Analysen.

  • December 7, 2017 – System Fabric Works and ThinkParQ Partner for Parallel File System:
    Today System Fabric Works announces its support and integration of the BeeGFS file system with the latest NetApp E-Series All Flash and HDD storage systems which makes BeeGFS available on the family of NetApp E-Series Hyperscale Storage products as part of System Fabric Work’s (SFW) Converged Infrastructure solutions for high-performance Enterprise Computing, Data Analytics and Machine Learning.

  • November 13, 2017 – BeeGFS v7.0 Release Candidate with Storage Pools: 
    The new BeeGFS version 7 introduces an innovative new concept to take advantage of SSDs: System administrators can create pools of different types of storage targets and users can select to assign certain data (e.g. the active project directory) to the flash pool and move it to a different pool later when they are done, or certain data can be kept on the flash pool forever – all in the same namespace. This enables BeeGFS to easily deliver all-flash performance for the current project and at the same time take advantage of the cost-effective capacity of HDDs, unlocking a level of performance that cannot be achieved with transparent SSD caching solutions.

  • November 13, 2017 – QCT Joins Hands with ThinkParQ to Embrace I/O Intensive HPC Clusters:
    Quanta Cloud Computing (QCT), showcases its QxSmart High Performance Computing (HPC)/ Deep Learning (DL) Solution with ThinkParQ BeeGFS®, the latest member in their portfolio of software-defined solutions at SuperComputing 2017. QCT has been a long-time supplier of HPC over the years, and QxSmart HPC/DL is the culmination of the company’s latest research and development.

  • October 10, 2017 – Japan likes BeeGFS:
    After the Japanese hybrid AI & HPC supercomputer Tsubame 3.0 (built by SGI/HPE), which went into production earlier this year using BeeGFS-on-Demand (BeeOND) on the compute nodes for a 1PB NVMe burst buffer at 1TB/s, we just learned that the new ABCI system at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (which is going to be Japan’s largest supercomputer in 2018) will also be using BeeOND.

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“We are extremely happy with our 3.1PB BeeGFS installation on 30 servers. It is rock-solid.“

Rune Møllegaard Friborg, University of Aarhus, Denmark

”After many unplanned downtimes with our previous parallel filesystem, we moved to BeeGFS more than two years ago. Since then we didn’t have any unplanned downtime for the filesystem anymore.”

“Now under heavy load, our large BeeGFS system is performing well – bioinfo users are seeing >2x speedup in their apps, with no more hotspots when hitting common index files. Unlike the previous system, BeeGFS does not lock up under heavy load and even under heavy load, interactive use remains zippy. The only complaint is how long it’s taking us to move data off the old system.“

Harry Mangalam, UC Irvine, USA

”The network file access performance of BeeGFS is on the same level that we see when our applications are running on servers with a direct attached RAID.“

Torben Frey, Genomatix, Germany

”We have been working with BeeGFS for over a year and it is absolutely phenomenal. We are switching everything over to it. We are continually adding server capacity and when we do, the BeeGFS solution scales seamlessly. Basically all you have to do is plug in more servers. It is 100% redundant. If there is a crash, everything just fails over. There is no downtime.“

Elite Defense Contractor, USA