Glenn Lockwood writes that the world of high-throughput sequencing is becoming increasingly dependent on HPC, and many of the problems being solved in genomics and bioinformatics are stressing aspects of system architecture and cyberinfrastructure that haven’t gotten a tremendous amount of exercise from the more traditional scientific domains in computational research.
Scalable Informatics has worked worked for years to develop the FastPath Unison storage appliance, a device that hits the sweet spot for HPC. “Tremendous density is meaningless if you can’t move data in or out at a reasonable data rate. And as you scale up your storage, the definition of a reasonable data rate should scale up as well.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. “Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? SC14 will be in New Orleans this year, and we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans. Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community.”
As the countdown to Exascale continues, Exascale-like storage problems are already showing up in today’s massively parallel, heterogeneous HPC systems. Historically, storage and I/O have kept pace with growing system demands, but, because of the limitations of spinning media and the cost of solid state storage technologies, storage performance improvements have come at a disproportionately higher cost and lower efficiency than their compute counterparts.