Attala Systems to Showcase Breakthrough Spark and Lustre Solutions with Intel and Supermicro at SC17

November 14, 2017

DENVER, Nov. 14, 2017 — Attala Systems today announced the launch of its breakthrough storage solution for the High Performance Computing (HPC) market at SC2017 in Denver. The solution, which will be available in 2018, was developed in collaboration with Intel and Supermicro and utilizes Attala’s Composable Storage Infrastructure and management software, Supermicro enclosures, Intel FPGAs and Intel Optane and Intel 3D NAND SSDs with NVMe to achieve 5.5M IOPS and 1PB per 1U of rack space. The solution  also provides multi-tenancy and parallel data sharing capabilities for Lustre and Spark. Attala Systems, which recently won the G2M Research “Most Innovative NVMe AFA” Key Company Award for Fall 2017, will be demonstrating the solution with Spark in both the Intel booth (Booth 1301), and with Lustre in the Supermicro booth (Booth 1611) at SC17, being held at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Colo.

“Simultaneously achieving high density and performance in an HPC storage system – that can be reliably shared by multiple users – has always been a challenge, especially at a competitive price point”, said Taufik Ma, CEO of Attala Systems. “Our demonstrations at Super Computer 2017 are meant to show not only that these attributes aren’t mutually exclusive, but that they can be achieved with real HPC workloads such as Lustre and Spark. This level of density and performance opens up new options for HPC users.”

Historically, HPC storage systems have either focused on achieving high density or high performance, but not both. Additionally, high-performance HPC storage sulutions have generally not been available at competitive price points. The HPC solution from Attala Systems to be demonstrated at SC 2017 not only changes that paradigm, but does so for real HPC workloads. When the solution is available in 2018, each 1U storage node will feature up to 1PB capacity, 5.5 million IOPS, and multi-path network redundancy. The reduction in latency provided by Attala’s composable storage infrastructure also turbocharges small-packet performance in systems such as Lustre’s Data-on-MDT feature. Finally, the Attala solution allows multi-tenancy storage operations and parallel data sharing in HPC applications.

“We are excited by the many possibilities that Intel® Optane™ technology can enable for HPC, especially when solutions are built to take advantage of the unique and revolutionary nature of the technology,” said Bill Leszinske, vice president and director of strategic planning, marketing and business development for of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “Combining the high throughput, low latency and very high endurance of Intel® Optane™ technology with Intel 3D NAND SSDs and Intel FPGAs opens the door for high-performance, high density petabyte-scale storage solutions.”

“Supermicro has been a longtime key player in the HPC market,” said Tau Leng, PhD, senior vice president of technology and marketing at Supermicro. “This demonstration shows that the combination of Supermicro’s wide offering of NVMe-capable server and storage solutions, Attala’s high-performance composable storage infrastructure, and Intel SSD and Intel FPGA technology can fundamentally change the game for HPC storage, giving HPC users new options for their workloads.”

The HPC-focused solution utilizes the FPGA-powered Attala HNA25/40 Host NVMe-oF Adapters in host servers and Attala NSC40/50 NVMe-oF System Controllers and Intel NVMe SSDs in a Supermicro SSG-136R-N32JBF 1U enclosure.  Because the Attala Systems storage nodes do not require a CPU, host agents or software, they dramatically simplify deployment and maintenance of the overall solution across multiple racks and heterogeneous environments. Storage provisioning and orchestration are also simplified thanks to Attala’s SPARA management software, which automates the management and use of storage assets. These capabilities help Attala Systems reduce the cost of the overall solution, enabling high-performance and high storage density to be achieved in an HPC storage system with very competitive acquisition costs and total cost of ownership.

Attala, Supermicro, and Intel will also be discussing the solution and its use in the HPC arena in the Supermicro Booth (Booth 1611) at SC17. Presentations will be on Tuesday November 14th from 11am-noon, and on Wednesday November 15th from 11:00am-noon. Copies of the Lustre and Spark solution briefs will also be available in both the Supermicro and Intel booths.

About Attala Systems

Founded in 2015 with offices in San Jose, California, Attala Systems is an early-stage technology company focused on the design and development of a new generation of storage and networking infrastructure based on the use of FPGAs and cloud-focused self-learning orchestration and provisioning software. By freeing storage architectures from the multiple levels of abstraction inherent in enterprise-based storage systems, Attala significantly improves system performance reduces operational costs for cloud storage providers and those with a need for high-performance, low latency storage systems.


Source: Attala Systems

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