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  • AIC Announces Release of New White Paper on Using NVMe Storage Servers to Build High-performance, Scale-out Storage for HPC Applications

    11/16/2016

    The AIC SB122A-PH is a 10-bay NVMe storage server that is currently being deployed by Zettar in the data center of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to support work being done by Stanford University and the Department of Energy. A new white paper from Zettar, "Using AIC SB122A-PH 1U 10-Bay NVMe Storage Servers as the Building Blocks of High-Performance Scale-out Storage for HPC Applications," covers the benefits of this technology and is now available to download.

    City of Industry, CA, November 16, 2016 - AIC announces that it has just released a new white paper authored by Zettar that covers the details about using NVMe storage servers in organizations that require high-performance scale-out plus high speed data transfer storage solutions.

    Setting up a high performance computing or HPC system can be a complicated endeavor that requires real-world experience and expertise in both software and hardware. To that end, AIC's AIC SB122A-PH servers excel in environments where an entity needs to process, store and transfer enormous data sets.

    From particle physics and other high-energy computational requirements to corporate data mining, healthcare research and real-time processing of dynamic information like social media on a massive scale, these servers improve efficiency to let organizations do more with big data. They enable researchers and business owners alike to use them to support high-performance, scale-out storage for all types of HPC applications.

    A case in point is Zettar, a startup company in Palo Alto, California that receives funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Zettar is using an AIC SB122A-PH storage server in the data center at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

    This facility is one of 10 Office of Science Laboratories for the Department of Energy. More than 2,000 scientists conduct research at SLAC every year, where its Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser generates X-rays to investigate the nature of the world at the atomic level. Massive amounts of data must be carefully managed so researchers can work as efficiently as possible.

    Zettar chose the AIC SB122A-PH because it supports 10 NVMe SSDs in 1U and performs exceptionally well when paired with Intel®'s NVMe drives. The team at Zettar tested AIC's SB122A-PH servers three times under the same conditions, examining key indicators, including the cost to run them, their power consumption and the specifications. The resulting data transfer rate of approximately 100Gbps proved to Zettar that the SB122A-PH would be more than suitable for the scientific research being conducted at the laboratory.

    "Storage performance is crucial for reaching a high data transfer rate in data centers," noted CT Sun, AIC's Chief Architect. "The tests conducted on our AIC SB122A-PH servers as described in the new white paper show that this technology is ideal for organizations seeking to design and configure a cost-effective, energy-efficient and high-performance HPC system."

    Data center operators and other people interested in learning more about the test results and details of configuring HPC systems can download the new white paper from AIC at: http://mktg.aicipc.com/acton/ppform/13025/0022/f-024e.