Cray® XC™ series DataWarp™ applications I/O accelerator technology delivers a balanced and cohesive system architecture from compute to storage. This software defined storage solution allocates storage dynamically in either private (dedicated) or shared modes. Storage performance quality of service can be provided to individual applications, based on the user’s policies.
While leveraging Cray’s proven domain expertise in software defined storage, the DataWarp accelerator can be used as a global storage cache for parallel file systems (PFS) such as General (GPFS™), PanFS™, Lustre® file systems. In these scenarios, the applications I/O accelerator capabilities drive up the overall utilization of the parallel file system by buffering performance across this new tier. This enables new levels of pure performance boosts by delivering the right storage performance to applications. Thus, the accelerator improves overall application performance by decoupling application I/O from the corresponding PFS I/O, while also improving the performance and resiliency of conventional disk-based solutions.
The benefits are simple but critical: Workflows are streamlined because applications “just work” — they process faster and access storage on demand. And highly efficient workflows enable productive users.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a weighty mandate — solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. When they encountered an I/O bottleneck, they approached Cray to build a new storage solution.
High-performance storage and data management solutions drive insight from data — and Cray brings you the workflow-driven storage solutions you need to optimize the entire I/O path from applications to disk.