I enclose details of our high-performance computing storage market report.
This fourth report in our Site Census series provides an examination of the
storage characteristics and capacities found at a sample of HPC user sites. We
surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system
installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting
these computer installations. The initial three reports, HPC User Site Census:
Systems, HPC User Site Census: Processors, and HPC User Site Census:
Interconnects/Networks focused on server suppliers, server node
characteristics, processors-related trends, and system interconnect and network
Our goal in this analysis of storage systems is to examine storage usage within
the HPC user communities and explore how this usage varies based on categories
such as storage capacity and its location, storage supplier, storage network,
Key findings of the survey include the following:
- Approximately 47% of the total maximum available storage at respondent's
sites resides on compute servers. Storage available to each node (referred to
as node-level storage) represents 7% of the capacity, and storage available to
the server (referred to as system-level storage) accounts for 40% of the total
available storage. The remaining 53% of storage is found at the site level,
generally on NAS or SAN systems. On average, 450TB of storage resides at the
site level on a storage system.
- About 75% of the 147 sites have at least one site-level storage system
installed. No vendor dominates the storage system market for HPC sites. IBM has
the largest share with 10.7% but is closely followed by EMC and Sun with 10.1%
each. However, "in-house" and "generic" solutions combine to account for 10.7%
of the storage systems installed. We see this last value as reflecting the
commodity nature of storage components and the availability of open software
for storage systems.
- NAS (Networked-Attached Storage) and SAN (Storage Area Network) had almost
equal representation in the surveyed HPC sites, with 39% SAN and 34% NAS.
Commercial sites are more likely to have a NAS storage system while academic
sites are more likely to have a SAN storage system.
- The majority of NAS storage systems are connected using 1 Gigabit Ethernet.
Only 8% of the systems were connected to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet network
- Most storage management software (38%) in use by these sites was provided by
the storage system vendor. Very little penetration by add-on storage management
suppliers was reported.
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RESULTS AND ANALYSIS
Storage Hierarchy Capacity
Local Disk Capacity
Node and System-level storage Capacity by System Architecture
Site-Level Storage System Analysis
Site-Level Storage Systems by Supplier
Site-Level Storage Systems by Storage Type
Site Level Systems by Primary Network
Site-Level Storage Capacity by Primary Network
Node-Level Storage by Interconnect
Storage Management Software
Data Explosion and Rebalancing the HPC Market
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