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2017 Press Releases

November 14, 2017

New Cray Storage Solutions to Improve Productivity and Unparalleled Data Access

Cray Inc. announced new high performance computing (HPC) storage solutions including Cray View for ClusterStor™. This latest solution is providing customers with dramatically improved job productivity; Cray® ClusterStor™ L300N; a flash-based acceleration solution; and Cray DataWarp™ for the Cray XC50™ supercomputer which will exponentially reduce data access time.

The new storage product offerings address the top pain points for HPC customers. New features include:

  • Cray ClusterStor L300N with NXD flash accelerator software which provides up to 10X improvement in storage performance.

  • Cray DataWarp with transparent caching, which provides the ability to accelerate application performance with no change to the end user experience.

  • Cray View for ClusterStor, which features the ability to trace and track the performance of Lustre providing per job and system views.

“Cray is focused on advancing HPC storage with solutions that are directly targeted at the most pressing user requirements,” said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. “Cray and ClusterStor resellers are making it easier for customers to manage their storage, extract the highest performance levels from their storage, and accelerate time-to-discovery with the fastest data access.”

“Cray is a pioneer in HPC storage systems and for decades has designed HPC systems that balance leading-edge compute and storage capabilities,” said Steve Conway, senior vice president of research at Hyperion Research. “This experience positions Cray well to benefit from the strong growth we forecast for the global HPC storage market.”

Cray ClusterStor L300N
The Cray ClusterStor L300N with NXD flash accelerator software optimizes multiple mixed workloads on the same storage platform, eliminating data access bottlenecks through flash-based small file acceleration. Therefore, by utilising this solution, organisations will be able to automatically support multiple applications that require a diverse range of storage access patterns, such as small block and large block, without making any changes to applications or processes. ClusterStor NXD scales performance linearly with the size of the system.

Cray DataWarp Enhancements
Cray DataWarp is software-defined storage that manages flash storage on the Cray Aries network. The new transparent caching feature will help the user – a domain scientist or an engineer – realize all the performance benefits of flash storage, while maintaining their Lustre experience. The applications mount the directories of the parallel file system yet access data from flash, resulting in the fastest, simplest application acceleration solution. As a result, DataWarp transparent caching will provide both ease of use and efficiency. The DataWarp transparent caching feature will be available for both Cray XC40™ and Cray XC50 systems.

The new Cray flash storage blade for the Cray XC50 supercomputer expands the application acceleration solution for Cray DataWarp users. The Cray XC50 flash storage blade’s flexible configuration allows for customizing to individual capacity and price/performance needs. 

Cray View for ClusterStor
Cray View for ClusterStor software tracks job performance on Lustre file systems and enables the correlation of system events that cause job performance issues using streaming telemetry with customizable visualization enabling real-time and historical analysis. Cray View for ClusterStor will provide administrators with the tools to resolve problems faster.