In this video, Dell’s Jeffrey Layton presents: InfiniBand isn’t just for MPI anymore.. Layton believes that NFS is on the verge of a comeback in HPC, and he mentions this white paper that I think is worth a look: Dell HPC NFS Storage Solution Guide:
The Dell NFS Storage Solution (NSS) is a unique new storage solution providing cost-effective NFS storage as an appliance. Designed to scale from 20 TB installations up to 80 TB of usable space, the NSS is delivered as a fully configured, ready-to-go storage solution and is available with full hardware and software support from Dell. The solution is highly flexible, available in configurations that can plug into either an Ethernet fabric via its 10GbE adaptor, or into any existing InfiniBand network through a Quad Data Rate (QDR) IB HCA. The system is tuned and optimized to fully utilize the underlying hardware it is built on, delivering, for example, a write throughput of up to 1480MB/s with the IP over InfiniBand (IPoIB) protocol.
The trouble with the SC conferences is that they’re just too big. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Jeff this year, so it was nice to find this video and see what’s up.