Cray Bets Big on Lustre with Sonexion 2000 Storage

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CrayToday Cray announced the launch of the Cray Sonexion 2000 system — the latest addition to its line of scale-out Lustre-powered storage solutions.

The new Sonexion system combines Cray’s expertise in designing, scaling and managing end-to-end Lustre solutions with a unique architecture that allows for maximum scalability. Sonexion 2000 features 50 percent more performance and capacity than its predecessor in the same storage footprint, and provides more than 45 gigabytes-per-second of performance and two petabytes of useable capacity in a single rack.

Reliability, availability and serviceability enhancements are bolstered by GridRAID, a new declustered parity protection system for Sonexion. GridRAID accelerates rebuild times by up to three-and-a-half times more than conventional hardware RAID6. Through Cray Cluster Connect, the Cray Sonexion 2000 works seamlessly with any Linux cluster.

Our Sonexion 2000 system is the culmination of years of Cray experience in providing the world’s most scalable parallel file systems,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The platform combines industry-leading performance with simplified deployments, greater scalability and faster data rebuild times to meet the most demanding production customer requirements. It is the perfect cap to a year in which we have refreshed our entire line of compute, big data analytics and storage products.”

Available now, the Cray Sonexion 2000 system is a fully integrated, scale-out Lustre storage system designed for a broad range of supercomputing workloads. The system can scale throughput performance to nearly two terabytes-per-second in a single file system. Sonexion 2000 also features an increase in Scalable Storage Unit (SSU) useable capacity with up to 360TB per SSU.

Several of the world’s leading high performance computing centers have recently signed contracts for Cray Sonexion 2000 systems, including the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland, the Met Office in the United Kingdom, as well as the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Army Research Laboratory in the United States.

Complementing the Cray Sonexion 2000 system is Cray’s comprehensive line of storage and data management solutions. The recently announced DataWarp(TM) applications I/O accelerator bridges the growing performance gap between compute resources and disk-based storage. Cray’s Tiered Adaptive Storage solution now includes the TAS Connector for Lustre to simplify managing data from high performance storage to deep tape archives.

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