by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces New HPC Solutions At SuperComputing 2016

Today at SuperComputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah Lenovo made a series of announcements including the completion of its second phase deployment at CINECA, a world class HPC research resource with the capabilities to become a leading artificial intelligence compute resource. With the HPC solutions, Lenovo is announcing its new Antilles GUI, and its new Distributed Storage Solution (DSS). Lenovo also announced a new high-density storage array, the D3284 JBOD.

Though we didn’t cover it at the time, the first phase of CINECA was completed last May, coming in at 1.7 PFLOPS. Phase 2 consists of a 3,600 node Intel Xeon Phi processor system that is interconnected with 100Gb Intel Omni-Path fabric – delivering 6.2PFLOPs of performance. Phase 2 is expected to be the largest supercomputer in Europe and will focus on physics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine, and urban planning.

On to Lenovo’s other HPC announcements, Lenovo’s new GUI, Antilles, is designed to sit atop of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software suite bundling best-of-breed OpenSource software enhanced with Lenovo configurations, plug-ins and scripts to enable a ready to use software stack. Antilles is designed for use cases such as HPC, big data and workflows on a virtualized infrastructure optimally and transparently. This GUI is aimed at aiding adoption of OpenHPC by lowering the required expertise needed.

Lenovo announced a new 5U, 84-disk array, the D3284 JBOD. The D3284 provides 12Gb performance and the ability to hot-swap SSD and HDDs. This new JBOD, as well as Lenovo’s exiting SAN portfolio, will be leveraged for Lenovo’s new Distributed Storage Solution (DSS), a family of Scalable Infrastructure solutions for scale out file storage targeting high performance and data intensive environments.

The first release of the new DSS family will be the Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G). The DSS-G is a software defined storage implementation leveraging IBM Spectrum Scale RAID and supports up to 670 HDDs in a single distributed RAID array. Users will be able to start off with as few as 22 HDDs and scale up to 6PB by adding additional JBODs and disks. Lenovo says this new architecture will have 25 times the recovery speed over the current solution with up 40GB/s of performance.

Lenovo will be at booth #2643 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Availability

The DSS-G is expected to be available in the first half of 2017

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