Over at the Panasas Blog, Geoffrey Noer writes that Storage is too often the weakest link in technical computing workflows. When compute nodes have to wait for lower performance storage systems to grind through I/O data, workflows take longer to complete and productivity slows, ultimately with negative bottom-line effects.
Storage and data management have arguably become the most important HPC “pain points” already, with access densities a particularly troubling issue. Many HPC sites are doubling their storage capacities every two to three years, but adding capacity does not address the access density, data movement, and related storage issues many HPC buyers face. When this happens, your investments in processing, networking, middleware and applications are choked off by bottlenecks in your storage infrastructure. If you’re looking to maximize throughput of your technical computing infrastructure, storage performance often holds the key.
With this in mind, are hybrid storage systems the key to scaling performance and capacity? Noer goes on to describe the advantages of such an approach with the company’s Panasas ActiveStor 16 Storage Appliance.
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In this video from ISC’14, Geoffrey Noer describes the new ActiveStor 16 hybrid storage appliance with the PanFS 6.0 storage operating system.
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