WekaIO ran the IO-500 test on eight Supermicro BigTwin enclosures, representing less than half of a storage server rack, and scored 67.79, coming within 5% of the Oak Ridge Summit Supercomputer which ran its system on a 40 rack Spectrum Scale storage cluster. The benchmark suite includes a hero-run of both IOR and mdtest configured in whichever manner possible to maximize performance and establish an upper-bound for performance. Finally, it includes an IOR and mdtest run with highly prescribed parameters to determine a lower-bound.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the results of the 10-node challenge", stated Barbara Murphy, Vice President of Marketing at WekaIO. "This benchmark testing demonstrates that we can deliver performance that competes with the largest supercomputing storage systems, but with a much more cost-efficient and simplified solution. The takeaway is that Matrix delivers more I/O density than Spectrum Scale, or other legacy file systems, which makes us the leader in price/performance value. Now, for the first time, HPC-class storage performance is accessible to the enterprise for deep learning and analytics workloads in a greatly simplified configuration with low CapEx and OpEx overhead."
"Supermicro's Resource-Saving BigTwin is our highest performing free-air cooled 2U multi-node system supporting 205-watt processors, 24 DIMMs, hot-swap NVMe flash storage, flexible I/O and an incredible 10% power savings compared to typical 1U servers", stated Michael McNerney, Vice President of Marketing at Supermicro. "The high ranking on the IO-500 test is quite impressive because WekaIO was able to achieve greater performance in one-half the rack space with better power and cooling efficiency. This performance density, hot-swappable nodes, and cable-less server design are key requirements for the success of new HPC rack deployments."
"The combination of Mellanox's RDMA and DPDK accelerated InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions and WekaIO software platform provide leading IO performance as can be seen on the IO500 list", stated Gilad Shainer, Vice President of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "By leveraging the smart interconnect acceleration engines, WekaIO can utilize off the shelf servers and SSDs to bring world leading performance at lower total cost of ownership. We look forward to seeing even higher performance results with our new 200G gigabit generation."
The WekaIO Matrix software is an NVMe-native, resilient file system that runs on commodity servers, delivering the highest bandwidth, lowest latency performance to any InfiniBand or Ethernet enabled GPU or CPU based cluster. Integrated tiering automatically and transparently migrates cold data to any S3 compatible Cloud for low cost and limitless scale. The POSIX compliant file system runs more efficiently than NFS and leverages an innovative, customized protocol to deliver file-based semantics. As a result, Matrix exceeds NFS performance in a sharable file system solution.
To see the official ranked list of all companies on the SC18 10 Node Challenge list, you can visit the IO-500 website.