by Adam Armstrong

Cray Introduces ClusterStor E1000

This morning, Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, unveiled its new parallel storage platform for the Exascale Era, ClusterStor E1000. The E1000 is built to address the growth of data from converged workloads as well as the need to access that data at faster and faster speeds. Cray states that the ClusterStor E1000 has already been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for use at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Digital Transformation has become an amorphous buzzword (or phrase) that has been for just about anything and everything. However, most companies are making several changes in order to keep up with an evolving landscape and try to get an edge over their competition. This transformation is in part happening to deal with and extract insight from the massively growing data. As data continues to grow and things continue to change, a new method for storing data has to be implemented. 

Enter the ClusterStor E1000 the external high performance storage system for the first three U.S. exascale systems. The E1000 will total over 1.3 exabytes of storage once all three systems are up and running. The all-flash system is capable of over 4TB/s write bandwidth. 

Features include:

  • Unprecedented storage performance: ClusterStor E1000 systems can deliver up to 1.6 terabytes per second and up to 50 million I/O operations per second per rack – more than double compared to other parallel storage systems in the market today.
  • Maximum performance efficiency: New purpose-engineered end-to-end PCIe 4.0 storage controllers serve the maximum performance of the underlying storage media to the compute nodes  and new intelligent Cray software, ClusterStor Data Services, allows customers to align the data flow with their specific workflow, meaning they can place the application data at the right time on the right storage media (SSD pool or HDD pool) in the file system.
  • Massive scalability: An entry-level system starts at 30 gigabytes per second and at less than 60 terabytes usable capacity. Customers can start at the size dictated by their current needs and scale as those needs grow, with maximum architectural headroom for future growth. The ClusterStor E1000 storage system can connect to any HPC compute system that supports high speed networks like 200 Gbps Cray Slingshot, Infiniband EDR/HDR and 100/200 Gbps Ethernet.


Cray ClusterStor E1000 systems will be available starting in the first quarter of 2020.

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