With the release of Intel Enterprise Edition (EE) for Lustre software, commercial customers have an opportunity to employ a production-ready version of Lustre optimized for business HPDA. Intel EE for Lustre includes the open source distribution of Lustre with the latest features, fully tested and supported by Intel, a major collaborator in the development of the Lustre parallel file system.
One of the best ways to realize the full performance benefits of virtualization is to make it available through a private cloud. The VMware vCloud Suite realizes operational efficiency through policy-driven operations. By providing simplified operations management, the cloud solution drives greater resource utilization and staff productivity.
As more applications and computing resources move to the cloud, enterprises will become more dependent on cloud vendors, whether the issue is access, hosting, management, or any number of other services. Even in today’s IT environment, cloud consumers want to avoid vendor lock-in—having only one cloud provider. They want to know that they will have visibility into data and systems across multiple platforms and providers.
“HPC cluster performance is often degraded because more and more data and larger files overwhelm limited hard drive capacity. But if you use Amazon Web Services (AWS), such bottlenecks may be a thing of the past. Intel, in collaboration with AWS, offers a Cloud Edition for Lustre Software that allows customers to use the power of the worlds’ most popular HPC storage system to increase scalability and performance.”
Over the past several years, virtualization has made major inroads into enterprise IT infrastructures. And now it is moving into the realm of high performance computing (HPC), especially for such compute intensive applications as electronic design automation (EDA), life sciences, financial services and digital media entertainment. This article is the first in a series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting proven virtualization and cloud technologies.
Intel’s White Paper, “Architecting a High-Performance Storage System,” shows you the step-by-step process in the design of a Lustre file system. “Because performance is limited by the slowest component, the design methodology uses a pipeline approach to select and review each part, making sure the system requirements are met. By starting with the backend disk storage, gradually working up the pipeline to the client and employing an iterative design method, the paper show you how a Lustre file system is created.”
With the rise of manycore processors, double-dense blade form factors, and wider and deeper cabinets, the size and density of HPC systems have grown more than 300 percent since 1999. This high density of “heat offenders” requires a much-more efficient method of temperature control than is possible with air cooling. And while liquid cooling is generally more efficient, not all liquid alternatives are created equal.
The all-new Journal of Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations has published published a new paper entitled: Toward Exascale Resilience – 2014 Update. Written by Franck Cappello, Al Geist, William Gropp, Sanjay Kale, Bill Kramer, and Marc Snir, the paper surveys what the community has learned in the past five years and summarizes the research problems still considered critical by the HPC community.