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High Performance Computing (HPC) Storage Engineer

The Ohio State University Published: February 24, 2023
Columbus, Ohio
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High Performance Computing (HPC) Storage Engineer

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH



OHTECH | Ohio Supercomputer Center Operations


The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) seeks a motivated, experienced High Performance Computing (HPC) Storage Engineer to play a key role in the maintenance and evolution of the Center’s storage environment.


The Ohio Supercomputer Center accelerates discovery for Ohio’s academic and commercial researchers by providing accessible, reliable and secure high performance computing power at a fraction of the cost of alternatives, along with expert consultation and secure storage.


The HPC Storage Engineer will work with high performance computing hardware at a large scale, managing more than 15 Petabytes of file system storage. These file systems include IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) parallel file system, NetApp Cluster Data OnTap (ONTAP) and IBM Spectrum Protect with our backup and archiving tape library systems at both our primary and backup data centers. This storage supports key systems, including HPC clusters, VMware clusters and Kubernetes service.


The ideal candidate for this position will have the right mix of educational background and experience with concepts related to storage for large-scale distributed systems. The engineer will gain valuable experience and have a chance to learn in a collegial and fast-paced environment supporting researchers from a vast array of scientific disciplines. OSC will rely on the engineer’s investigations and analysis to ensure that the storage environment is operating at its best and to help create the roadmap for future OSC storage systems.


The individual in this role will also work with OSC leadership to develop strategies to support data storage and services requested by OSC’s clients; will assist in evaluation of new technologies and develop roadmaps for the evolution of storage services at OSC; and will be responsible for managing existing storage services, including capacity planning increases, data migrations between systems, and monitoring and metric collection for all storage systems.


The HPC storage engineer will additionally work with the operations team to improve operational procedures for all aspects of the storage environment; ensure that the deployed storage systems have excellent availability, stability and performance; plan and implement changes in response to operational issues; provide backup for operations staff; and review change requests for the storage environment.


OSC, along with OARnet and OhioLINK, is part of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH), the technology and information division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). OH-TECH provides high-tech solutions for Ohio’s higher education institutions to catalyze innovation in the modern knowledge economy.


Because The Ohio State University serves as OH-TECH’s fiscal and legal agent, OH-TECH staff enjoy the same benefits as other Ohio State employees, including participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), the Ohio State Health Plan, educational benefits and more.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with the fundamentals of parallel file systems such as IBM Spectrum Scale/GPFS, Lustre, BeeGFS, etc.
  • Experience with Unix and Linux systems
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python or Unix Shells
  • Comfort with using tools such as git and Gitlab/Github
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated problem solving, planning and communication skills


Desired Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Familiarity with cloud storage systems and other storage abstractions such as object stores
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Puppet, Ansible or others
  • Experience with metric collection systems such as Prometheus
  • Experience in benchmarking and testing storage systems
  • Familiarity with InfiniBand and Fibre-Channel
  • Experience with backup, recovery and archival systems such as IBM Spectrum Protect or other similar software


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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.

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