by Lyle Smith

DDN EXAScaler 3.0 Offers New Scalability & Management Capabilities, Open Source Contributions

DataDirect Networks has unveiled the next generation of EXAScaler, their high-performance Lustre solution developed in collaboration with Intel. Touted as simple to install, scale and manage, EXAScaler 3.0-based solutions are designed specifically for HPC and data-intensive Enterprise environments. It couples storage platforms from DDN with the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 3.0 to offer advanced Lustre appliances as well as full Intel and DDN global support.

Besides the core features of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 3.0, EXAScaler offers high-availability enhancements, which significantly improve things like mean time to data access, metadata scaling, efficient project quotas, and support for the differentiated storage services framework.

DataDirect Networks will also be open sourcing a range of projects in the coming months to help increase community interaction on Lustre development tools, management frameworks and performance and scaling development

These projects include:

  • A “Lustre Automatic Test System” that will help developers to run regression tests in parallel on hundreds of test nodes;
  • A Lustre monitoring framework platform based on industry standards such as Collectd, elastic search capabilities for NoSQL databases and Hadoop, and visualization on Grafana; and
  • Parallel copy tools and internal Lustre mechanisms that will move and copy data between OSTs and across namespaces more effectively and in parallel.

DataDirect Networks will be demonstrating EXAScaler 3.0 release features and functionality at LAD16.

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