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.”
At SC15, Intel talked about some transformational high-performance computing technologies and the architecture—Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF). Intel describes Intel SSF as “an advanced architectural approach for simplifying the procurement, deployment, and management of HPC systems, while broadening the accessibility of HPC to more industries and workloads.” Intel SSF is designed to eliminate the traditional bottlenecks; the so called power, memory, storage, and I/O walls that system builders and operators have run into over the years.
In this video from SC15, Larry Jones from Seagate provides an overview of the company’s revamped HPC storage product line, including a new 10,000 RPM ClusterStor hard disk drive tailor-made for the HPC market. “ClusterStor integrates the latest in Big Data technologies to deliver class-leading ingest speeds, massively scalable capacities to more than 100PB and the ability to handle a variety of mixed workloads.”
Today Aeon Computing announced that the company will provide two Lustre file systems to enhance LANL’s technical and supercomputing capabilities in support of its national security mission. Each of the two Lustre file systems provide 14 Petabytes of data storage capacity and are capable of up to 160 Gigabytes per second of parallel access performance. According Aeon, this next generation system pushes the limits of Lustre storage performance.
In this video from SC15, Intel’s Barry Davis and and Scott Misage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describe how their two company’s are driving HPC innovation with the Intel Scalable System Framework and Intel Omni-Path interconnect technologies. “As a result of a new alliance with Intel, HPE is offering its HPC Solutions Framework based on HPE Apollo servers, which are specialized for HPC and now optimized to support industry- specific software applications from leading independent software vendors. These solutions will dramatically simplify the deployment of HPC for customers in industries such as oil and gas, life sciences and financial services.”
The San Diego Supercomputer Center is adding 800GB Seagate SAS SSDs to significantly boost the data analytics capability of its Comet supercomputer. To expand its node-local storage capacity for data-intensive workloads, device pairs will be added to all 72 compute nodes in one rack of Comet, alongside the existing SSDs. This will bring the flash storage in a single node to almost 2TB, with total rack capacity at more than 138TB.
“Looking for the HPC community thought leaders at SC15? You will find many of them at the Intel Community Hub where hourly interactive discussions will feature more than 35 community thought leaders over three-days. Speakers from organizations such as CERN, ANL, LANL, LLNL, TACC, and NERSC, along with updates on the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative, a talk from Nielsen on ‘Bridging the Worlds of HPC and Big Data’, and community discussion groups addressing topics on diversity in HPC, lessons learned from many code modernization efforts, the changing landscape of HPC storage, the latest HPC initiatives in Europe, and the latest views from the Lustre* community.”
Today DDN announced plans to refresh their storage product portfolio at SC15 in Austin. “With massively scalable technology able to outpace the performance requirements and growth of Enterprise Big Data while enabling HPC users to achieve Exascale, DDN will introduce revolutionary products and demonstrate the staggering 3x to 10x performance increase real-world customers achieve when they migrate to DDN environments.”