“Modeling and simulation have been the primary usage of high performance computing (HPC). But the world is changing. We now see the need for rapid, accurate insights from large amounts of data. To accomplish this, HPC technology is repurposed. Likewise the location where the work gets done is not entirely the same either. Many workloads are migrating to massive cloud data centers because of the speed of execution. In this panel, leaders in computing will share how they, and others, integrate tradition and innovation (HPC technologies, Big Data analytics, and Cloud Computing) to achieve more discoveries and drive business outcomes.”
“At SC15, DDN announced the new DDN SFA14K and SFA14KE high performance hybrid storage platforms. As the new flagship product in DDN’s most established product line, the DDN SFA14K provides customers with a simple route to take maximum advantage of a suite of new technologies including the latest processor technologies, NVMe SSD, PCIe 3, EDR InfiniBand and Omni-Path.
While there has been a lot of disagreement about the slowing of Moore’s Law as of late, it is clear that the industry is looking at new ways to speed up HPC by focusing on the data side of the equation. With the advent of burst buffers, co-design architectures, and new memory hierarchies, the one connecting theme we’re seeing is that Moving Data is a Sin. In terms of storage, which technologies will take hold in the coming year? DDN offers us these 2016 Industry Trends & Predictions.
In this video from the DDN User Group at SC15, Kevin Behn from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology presents: End to End Infrastructure Design for Large Scale Genomics. “HudsonAlpha has generated major discoveries that impact disease diagnosis and treatment, created intellectual property, fostered biotechnology companies and expanded the number of biosciences-literate people, many of whom will take their place among the future life sciences workforce. Additionally, HudsonAlpha has created one of the world’s first end-to-end genomic medicine programs to diagnose rare disease. Genomic research, educational outreach, clinical genomics and economic development: each of these mission areas advances the quality of life.”
Matt Starr from Spectra Logic describes the company’s new ArcticBlue nearline disk storage system. “If you think about a tape subsystem, it’s probably the best cost footprint, density footprint that you can get. ArticBlue brings in kind of the benefits of tape from a cost perspective, but the speed and performance of a disk subsystem. Ten cents a gig versus seven cents a gig, three cents difference. You may want to deploy a little bit of ArcticBlue in your archive when you’re putting it behind BlackPearl as opposed to just an all tape archive.”
“Ngenea’s blazingly-fast on-premises storage stores frequently accessed active data on the industry’s leading high performance file system, IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS). Less frequently accessed data, including backup, archival data and data targeted to be shared globally, is directed to cloud storage based on predefined policies such as age, time of last access, frequency of access, project, subject, study or data source. Ngenea can direct data to specific cloud storage regions around the world to facilitate remote low latency data access and empower global collaboration.”
“Avere Systems is now offering you ultimate cloud flexibility. We’ve now announced full support across three different cloud service providers: Google, Amazon, and Azure. And now we offer customers to be able to move their compute workloads across all these different cloud providers and store data across different cloud providers to achieve ultimate flexibility.”
“What we’re showcasing this year is – what we’re jokingly calling – face-melting performance. What we’re trying to do is make extreme performance available at a very aggressive price point, and at a very aggressive space point, for end users. So, what we’ve been doing and what we’ve been working on for the past couple of months has been, basically, building an NVMe-type unit. This NVMe unit connects flash devices through a PCIe interface to the processor complex.”
Today Seagate and Newisys announced a new flash storage architecture capable or 1 Terabyte/sec performance. Designed for HPC applications, the “industry’s fastest flash storage design” comprises 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives. These devices can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.
Dan Stanzione from TACC presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC15. “TACC is an advanced computing research center that provides comprehensive advanced computing resources and support services to researchers in Texas and across the USA. The mission of TACC is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. Specializing in high performance computing, scientific visualization, data analysis & storage systems, software, research & development and portal interfaces, TACC deploys and operates advanced computational infrastructure to enable computational research activities of faculty, staff, and students of UT Austin.”