Argonne, Virginia Tech Win Storage Challenge with Thumpers

A team of researchers led by Pavan Balaji of Argonne National Laboratory and Wu Feng of Virginia Tech won an international competition for the most effective approach in using large-scale storage for high-performance computing. The award was presented November 15 at SC|07, the world’s premier conference on high- performance computing and networking.
This entire task required many millions of CPU-hours of computational capability and generated a petabyte of uncompressed output. Since not many supercomputer centers provide both the computational and storage resources required for this task simultaneously, the research team relied on a worldwide supercomputer that aggregated the compute resources from various locations within the U.S. and the TSUBAME storage resources at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, with technical support from Sun Microsystems. The largest portion of the compute cycles were provided by Virginia Tech’s System X supercomputer. Full Story

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