25 Jun 2018 Frankfurt - For the first time at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2018), Boston Limited and Nyriad Limited have launched the world's first "GPU-powered SSD storage solution", the Boston Igloo Nebari which provides speed and data resilience exceeding traditional RAID-based solutions.
The Boston Igloo Nebari system, based on a Supermicro server, supports up to 72x Micron 5100 PRO SSDs and Micron NVDIMMs powered by NVIDIA Tesla P4 GPUs, and harnesses Nyriad's NSULATE, a GPU-accelerated, software-defined alternative to RAID. NSULATE presents groups of physical storage devices as a Linux block device to the system and leverages the accelerated processing capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs to perform real-time erasure coding at many times the resilience and speed of CPU erasure coding or RAID-based systems.
NSULATE also simultaneously performs cryptographic checksums on every block of data to prove that every bit stored is perfectly recovered. The use of an NVIDIA GPU as a storage processor enables configuration of reliable arrays with greater parallelism and scale than traditional storage arrays.
The Boston Igloo Nebari was on display at the Boston Ltd booth at ISC 2018 at the Messe Frankfurt in Germany. Throughout the show, in-booth demonstrations of Nebari were presented by Leon Oud, Nyriad's Director of Developer Services, and Patricks O'Neill, Boston's HPC Systems Engineer, who showcased both the power of NSULATE and the resilience by removing drives from an active array without impacting function or performance.
Matthew Simmons, CEO of Nyriad, stated: "Boston is a major distributor of Supermicro hardware and we are not only delighted to be working with them, as our first partnership in Europe, but we are excited to be jointly releasing a next-generation storage solution that we know will solve the many problems of data resilience, availability and providence."
Manoj Nayee, Managing Director of Boston, stated: "The Nyriad and Boston relationship began at GTC18 when we were impressed with their live demo. During the show, we began early discussions around partnership before taking NSULATE into Boston Labs for testing, where we were impressed by its real-time erasure coding up to 255 parity, cryptographic checksums, and real-time corruption recovery. In this short amount of time we're pleased to announce our end-to-end solution that is ready for market."