"For more than a decade, DDN has been at the forefront of HPC, enabling remarkable scientific and computational breakthroughs as well as significant innovation in the field", stated Alex Bouzari, CEO and cofounder, DDN. "As we help create the Exascale computing era, we will enable unprecedented levels of discovery in many of the world's most pressing scientific challenges, including clean energy, medical discovery, climate modeling and nanotechnology. DDN is excited to have been selected as one of the builders of the future of the supercomputing industry."
With a unique expertise developed through supporting many of the world's leading supercomputing environments, including 60% of the world's 100 fastest systems, DDN was selected for this collaboration on the basis of its deep understanding of HPC storage architectures, parallel file systems at scale and web-scale storage technologies. DDN engineering efforts in the FastForward collaboration will focus on evolving the state-of-the-art in parallel file systems, including the Lustre open-source parallel file system, as well as more tightly integrating compute and storage platforms to achieve greater efficiency and information insight.
The Intel-led collaboration working on the Storage and I/O Research & Development subcontract will focus on three main areas that together cover the Exascale I/O stack from top-to-bottom. Included in the stack is a new storage interface that tightly integrates with the HDF5 scientific data library and data model, a next-generation Flash-optimized storage tier designed to accelerate peak I/O loads in HPC environments, and a massively scalable storage interface designed to support the storage foundation requirements to achieve Exascale infrastructure scalability.
The FastForward programme is administered by the Department of Energy and contracted through Lawrence Livermore National Security as part of a seven-lab consortium including Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. Industry partners include leading IT technology providers, including AMD, Intel, and Nvidia.