Update: WekaIO Places First on The Virtual Institute’s IO-500 10 Node Challenge

Beating out massive supercomputer installations, WekaIO proves performance leadership in HPC with significant cost savings and simplified infrastructure

SAN JOSE, Calif. Feb 5, 2019 – WekaIO, the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, today announced the following changes to the way the IO-500 benchmark was scored. Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO) has placed WekaIO Matrix™ in first-place on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge list, beating out massive supercomputer installations. VI4IO republished the 10 Node Challenge list with the new rankings indicating  Matrix™ as number one—31% faster than IBM Spectrum Scale and 85% faster than DataDirect Networks (DDN®) Lustre.

The IO-500 10 Node Challenge is a ranked list comparing storage systems that work in tandem with the world’s largest supercomputers. By limiting the benchmark to 10 nodes, the test challenges single client performance from the storage system. Each system is evaluated using the IO-500 benchmark that measures the storage performance using read/write bandwidth for large files and read/write/listing performance for small files. Storage performance in supercomputers is critical for large-scale simulation, big data analysis, and artificial intelligence (AI). The IO-500 list serves as a resource for companies looking to improve their storage performance, which in turn helps to improve both processor efficiency and application performance. WekaIO ran the IO-500 test on eight Supermicro BigTwin™ enclosures, representing less than half of a storage server rack, and scored better than the world’s fastest supercomputer which ran its system on a 40-rack Spectrum Scale storage cluster.

The WekaIO Matrix software is an NVMe-native, highly resilient parallel file system that runs on commodity servers, delivering the highest bandwidth, lowest latency performance to any InfiniBand or Ethernet enabled GPU or CPU based cluster. The POSIX-compliant file system leverages an innovative,  highly optimized software stack that leverages modern architectures such as low-latency NVMe-oF and massively distributed metadata. Built for enterprise grade high-performance computing (HPC), it tightly integrates object storage for best economics at scale and supports features such as snapshots, cloud backup and legacy protocols such as NFS and SMB.

To see the official ranked list of all companies on the 10 Node Challenge list, go to: https://www.vi4io.org/io500/list/19-01/10node

About WekaIO

WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and futureproof their data center so they can solve real problems that impact the world. WekaIO Matrix™, the world’s fastest shared parallel file system and WekaIO’s flagship product, leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering simplicity, scale, and the best performance density per U, for a fraction of the cost. In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native high-performance software-defined storage solution removes the barriers between the data and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics workloads.

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