12 Nov 2018 Santa Clara - DataDirect Networks' (DDN) Whamcloud division, the foremost Lustre support provider and driving force behind Lustre innovation, is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With this support offering, organisations can confidently use Lustre in production environments, introduce new clients into existing Lustre infrastructures, and deploy Arm-based clusters of any size within test, development or production environments.
As the use of Lustre continues to expand across HPC, artificial intelligence (AI) and data-intensive, performance-driven applications, the deployment of alternative architectures is on the rise.
"With DDN's Whamcloud division now fully supporting the Lustre client on Arm-based systems, users have more choice and can now introduce Arm into their mission-critical Lustre infrastructures with confidence", stated Robert Triendl, senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and field services at DDN. "Whamcloud's support is timely and aligns with market demand as customers seek an expanded range of alternative architectures such as Arm-based hardware."
Arm's advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in more than 130 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the edge to the hyperscale. Arm's expanding momentum in the high-performance computing market is evidenced with recent announcements of deployments on Marvell ThunderX2 64-bit Armv8-A processor by leading research and scientific customers, such as Sandia National Laboratories with the Astra supercomputer.
"The adoption of Arm-based systems in HPC is accelerating to support users at all stages of their application development and providing more options for the diverse range of organisations deploying HPC systems", stated Brent Gorda, senior director of HPC, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. "Whamcloud's support for Lustre on Arm is a key enabler for broader adoption of Arm in HPC and delivers more architecture options for the HPC community."
"Sandia has deployed Lustre-based parallel file systems for many years to support its high-performance computing enterprise needs. Astra, the world's fastest Arm-based platform, will use a flash-based Lustre file system that we expect will maximize the end-to-end efficiency of our mission workload", stated James Laros, Vanguard-Astra programme lead at Sandia National Laboratories.
Long recognized as a staple technology for those with the most demanding data requirements, Lustre is deployed in thousands of data centres in health care, energy, manufacturing, financial services, academia, research and HPC labs, and consistently is selected by top 100 HPC sites as the file system of choice for the world's fastest computers.
"Lustre is critical to scalable, high performance system solutions, and deployments continue to expand across the globe", stated Mike Vildibill, vice president, Advanced Technologies Group, HPE. "Collaborating with Whamcloud enables us to advance Lustre adoption for all of our customers, spanning a diversity of system platforms."
"The software ecosystem for Arm based servers continues to gain momentum, and Whamcloud's commitment to enablement, optimization and support of the Lustre file system adds another key component for our partners and customers", stated Larry Wikelius, vice president, ecosystem and partner enabling at Marvell Semiconductor Inc. "Marvell's ThunderX2 processor delivers the compute and memory performance that addresses the demands for Lustre performance at scale in the most advanced HPC environments."