Nyriad forges global partnerships

03 April 2018

New Zealand supercomputing company Nyriad has announced, at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2018) in San Jose, a partnership with ThinkParQ to develop a certification programme for high performance, resilient storage systems that combine ThinkParQ's BeeGFS file system with NSULATE, Nyriad's system for GPU-accelerated storage-processing.

Nyriad says the certification programme will support storage vendors' efforts to use NVIDIA GPUs for high integrity data storage, and will be available to systems integrators and component manufacturers looking to develop GPU-optimised storage offerings to their customers or collaborate on reference systems.

The day prior at GTC 2018 Nyriad and Advanced HPC announced a partnership for a new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated storage system, Orion, which they said would achieve data protection levels well beyond any RAID solution.

“Orion is based on the TYAN Thunder SX FA100, which supports 100 HDDs in a 4U rack space without the need for an external host unit,” Nyriad said.

“Orion is a first of its kind system that combines Nyriad's NSULATE software with an NVIDIA Tesla P4 and 64GB of Netlist NVDIMMs. [It is] especially suitable for applications for high performance computing, big data and hyperscale storage, in verticals ranging from large enterprise to life sciences.”

The server has been adopted by Oregon State University's Computational Biology Research Centre (CBRC), which will be one of the first reference systems certified under the programme

According to Nyriad, ThinkParQ's BeeGFS file system is growing quickly in the high performance computing and high-performance data analysis markets where Lustre has traditionally been deployed.

“NSULATE complements BeeGFS to enable high performance, scale out parallel file systems with data resilience beyond RAID,” Nyriad said.

“NSULATE enables high performance from BeeGFS and XFS even in the face of a large number of simultaneous drive failures, critical for maintaining I/O throughput when dealing with extremely large datasets typical in HPC.”

Nyriad CEO Matthew Simmons said, “As the demand for high performance computing expands beyond R&D, more enterprises need the performance and capabilities of parallel file systems without sacrificing data protection. The testing and certification of storage systems wishing to achieve both high performance and reliability is critical for our customers.”

ThinkParQ CEO Frank Herold said: “BeeGFS was developed at the Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing, while Nyriad's NSULATE was originally developed from a partnership with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia. We want to bring our expertise to the wider storage industry by creating new standards for performance and reliability suitable for the coming generation of exascale systems.”

ThinkParQ was founded as a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing (HPC) by the key people behind BeeGFS.

Nyriad was formed in 2014 by Kiwi serial-inventor Matthew Simmons and American graphical processing pioneer Alex St John, who co-incidentally were both living in Cambridge New Zealand. The company started with a few students learning extremely parallel computer programming in St John's garage and has since has grown to a team of over 50 engineers.

The company describes itself as a New Zealand-based exascale computing company specialising in advanced data storage solutions for big data and high performance computing that was born out of consulting work on the SKA project.

“The company was forced to rethink the relationship between storage, processing and bandwidth to achieve a breakthrough in system stability and performance capable of processing and storing over 160Tbps of radio antennae data in real-time, within a power budget impossible with any modern IT solutions,” it says.

In April 2017 Nyriad scored a key role developing technology to process the enormous volumes of data that will be generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.

In August 2017 the New Zealand Government's Catalyst fund provide $ 384,000 funding for a collaboration between Nyriad and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia (ICRAR).

- Computerworld

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