TOP500 vom 2017-06-11
Tracking the World’s Top Storage Systems

When assessing the fastest supercomputers in the world, system performance is king, while the I/O componentry that feeds these computational beasts often escapes notice. But a small group of storage devotees working on a project at the Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO) want to change that. An important element of VI4IO’s mission now involves the creation of a High Performance Storage List (HPSL), also known as the IO-500. Like its TOP500 counterpart, the list purports to tracks the top systems in the world, but in this case from the perspective of storage. The effort is being spearheaded by Julian Kunkel, a researcher at DKRZ (German Climate Computing Center), along with Jay Lofstead, at Sandia National Labs, and John Bent, fromSeagate Government Solutions.