Today Cray announced a contract to deliver a Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) solution to the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN).
“The OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) was created with the intent of defining an I/O benchmark suite to satisfy the requirements of the scalable parallel file system users and facilities. The first step toward this end was identified as characterization of I/O workloads, from small- to very large-scale parallel file systems, deployed at various high-performance and parallel computing (HPC) facilities and institutions. The characterization will then drive the design of the I/O benchmarks that emulate these workloads.”
“HPC storage solutions and futures continue to evolve as growth and performance requirements permeate every HPC market segment. Torben discusses these challenges and how the company’s storage solutions are addressing these shifting needs with new developments around disk drives, RAID, CIFS, security, small file handling, and other related technologies.”
“In addition to NAS, you can also create parallel storage solutions. For example, in Amazon AWS, there are two options, one for Lustre, and one for OrangeFS (PVFS). Both use the same compute and storage instances that you use for NAS, but you create several instances that are combined to create a single file system. If you need more performance, just add more instances. If you need more capacity, just add more instances. Since this is the cloud, it’s very easy to spin up a new instance and add it to the existing storage.”
“Terascala’s intelligent operating system, TeraOS, simplifies managing Lustre®-based storage and optimizes workflows, providing the high throughput storage HPC users need to solve bigger problems faster. For the HPC folks, this means that Terascala-powered storage appliances can reduce run times to hours instead of days or weeks.”
In this slidecast, Geoffrey Noer from Panasas describes the company’s new PanFS 5.5 release, which offers Windows support for technical computing. “This new release makes ActiveStor even more suitable for deployments in energy, life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and other markets where high-quality Windows interoperability is required.”