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Aeon Computing has been selected by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, to build and deploy a 7 Petabyte (PB) Lustre parallel file system as part of the new petascale-level Comet supercomputer. The performance of the 7 PB (Petabyte) filesystem will exceed 200 Gigabytes per second.

SDSC was awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy the new Comet system. Comet will be based on next-generation Intel Xeon processors. In addition to the optimized Aeon Computing 7 PB Lustre filesystem, each node will be equipped with two processors, 128 GB (gigabytes) of traditional DRAM, and 320 GB of flash memory. Comet is designed to optimize capacity for modest-scale jobs, with each rack of 72 nodes having a full bisection InfiniBand FDR interconnect, with a 4:1 bisection interconnect across the racks.

This next-generation Lustre file system pushes the limits of Lustre storage performance, and will be an addition to SDSC's Data Oasis Lustre resource. We welcome Aeon as a partner in the Comet program, said SDSC Deputy Director Richard Moore. Aeon is a key partner in providing hardware and expertise for our Data Oasis parallel file system, which now serves our Gordon and Trestles systems and will support our Comet cluster when it comes online in 2015.

SDSC pushes the envelope in research computing, and their requirements for high performance, affordability, and maintainability fit perfectly with Aeon's product design approach, stated Jeff Johnson, co-founder of Aeon Computing. Working closely with SDSC's staff and Comet stakeholders we were able to deliver a very affordable solution that meets the rigorous demands of data-intensive computing and support SDSC's Comet initiative of HPC for the 99%.

The new file system will be designed around the Intel[R] next-generation Xeon processor and the latest in SAS storage technology, and is heavily based on commercial off- the-shelf (COTS) components.

About Aeon Computing

Aeon Computing has almost 60 years of staff experience in high performance computing, enterprise computing architectures, and data storage, with a focus on architecting perfectly suited customer solutions. Aeon's approach is to learn about their customer's research, needs, and challenges before proposing a solution. Their customers include academic, government, and commercial institutions that prefer high performance design over stock solutions.

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About SDSC

Founded in 1985, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) enables international science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and data- intensive, high-performance computing. SDSC is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, San Diego with a staff of talented scientists, software developers, and support personnel.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013

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