Seagate debuts ClusterStor system with flash acceleration for HPC applications



Seagate Technology introduced on Monday the ClusterStor 300N storage system with Nytro Intelligent I/O Manager, the newest addition to its line of scale-out storage systems for high-performance computing (HPC) and comes with a flash cache accelerator.

Powered by the software-based Nytro Intelligent I/O Manager, the ClusterStor 300N seamlessly runs multiple mixed workloads simultaneously on the same storage platform, eliminating performance bottlenecks that can result when data demands outpace what the existing storage architecture can accommodate.

As a result, organizations can use it to automatically support multiple applications that generate a diverse range of I/O workloads on the same storage platform without negatively impacting performance. It’s ideal for all kinds of mixed and unpredictable workloads found in several demanding, data-intensive HPC applications like seismic processing, financial transition modeling, machine learning, geospatial intelligence and fluid dynamics.

The ClusterStor architecture is built on Seagate’s field-proven, enterprise-class hard drives and high-performance parallel file systems such as Lustre and IBM Spectrum Scale. Combining superior performance with ultra-efficient scalability, the ClusterStor family includes the new ClusterStor L300N and G300N, as well as the ClusterStor A200 Active Archive, ClusterStor L300, ClusterStor G200, ClusterStor 9000, ClusterStor 1500, ClusterStor Secure Data Appliance and Hadoop Workflow Accelerator for ClusterStor’s architecture.

The ClusterStor 300N represents the convergence of Seagate’s enterprise class hard drives, solid state designs and system software within a platform purpose built to help organizations manage, and move massive amounts of critical data while maintaining workload efficiency and minimizing the cost per terabyte. The Nytro Intelligent I/O Manager software delivers up to 1,000 percent input/output workload acceleration over traditional HPC storage systems and can scale to accommodate any workload at any time.

“Maximizing value of data in the kinds of extraordinary environments represented by supercomputing is all about being able to handle extreme, unpredictable storage bandwidth and capacity needs at scale,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “Seagate’s ClusterStor 300N expands on our proven, engineered systems approach that delivers performance efficiency and value for HPC environments of any size, using a hybrid technology architecture to handle tough workloads at a fraction of the cost of all-flash approaches.”

The ClusterStor 300N is architected as a common platform for both the ClusterStor, Lustre and IBM Spectrum Scale storage systems as the L300N and G300N, respectively.

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