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WekaIO Partnering With Hewlett Packard Enterprise

To develop all-flash storage for HPC and AI
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2017.11.14

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WekaIO, Inc., a scale-out file system software company, announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to deliver integrated flash-based parallel file system capabilities that can accelerate compute-intensive workloads.

The WekaIO Matrix software-defined storage solution is validated for deployment within HPE environments - including the HPE Apollo Gen10 System platform that delivers capabilities for HPC, AI and machine learning  use cases.

The agreement creates an offering that targets the space, energy, and processor attributes of supercomputing. The HPE portfolio of HPC and AI solutions-including Apollo 2000, Apollo 6000, Apollo 6500, and SGI 8600-all provide architectures for leveraging flash storage both within the actual compute platforms as well as across interconnect fabrics. Matrix delivers performing file system technology running on top of the Apollo system.

"WekaIO is delighted to work with HPE to deliver highly-accelerated storage capabilities that can eliminate the potential for I/O bottlenecks that can occur as customers dramatically increase the compute horsepower and fabric bandwidth within their HPC and ML environments," said Liran Zvibel, co-founder and CTO, WekaIO. "Our all-flash parallel file system scales to meet the demanding IO/s and throughput requirements that are created when customers leverage HPE's platforms for high-performance data processing. The result is a low latency, throughput-optimized environment capable of matching storage performance to meet the compute and fabric attributes of the solution."

"At HPE we're committed to providing innovative solutions for our customers in the rapidly growing markets for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning," said Bill Mannel, VP and GM, HPC and AI segment solutions, HPE. "The combination of WekaIO Matrix with HPE Apollo Systems is an option that enables customers to maximize the throughput of their HPC environment by making it easy to scale storage capacity and performance to new levels without the requirement to modify compute codes or HPC workflows."

This technology is for organizations that require high performance in small footprint, supporting data intensive and performance hungry applications such as electronic design automation, genomic sequencing, video processing and breakthrough areas of scientific discovery.

Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research, Inc. added: "Amidst an increasing diversity of high-performance workloads, the industry has seen an influx of new technologies, including the widespread adoption of flash storage for higher-throughput data movement. In general, new hardware implementations only rise to their full solution potential when there is a corresponding advancement in software. This philosophy is at the heart of HPE's integration with WekaIO Matrix."

Key features of the WekaIO solution include: 

  • A distributed file system to share data and meet full POSIX compliance
  • Storage density scaling to many petabytes per rack when paired with high-density flash storage devices
  • Disaggregated storage that eliminates the need to retrofit existing servers and enables independent scaling of capacity
  • Native NVMe integration for massive performance gains, lower latency and performance that is faster than traditional filers

Liran Zvibel will be presenting Next Generation NVMe-Native Parallel File System Accelerating HPC Workloads, at the Supercomputing '17 conference on November 16 in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise booth.

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