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Metis HPC Storage Cluster

High performance computing storage cluster

Metis HPC Storage Cluster

Never Let Storage Speed, Density, or Availability Slow Down your HPC

A Reliable, Cost-Effective Approach to HPC Storage, Even with Multiple Concurrent Users

HPC clients need to optimize their HPC environments for specific workloads and ensure fast time-to-results. This requires a reliable, high-speed, and high-density approach to data. But, as HPC workloads scale, cost-effectively storing, managing, and processing massive datasets becomes a challenge, especially if your data is growing quickly. It can be even more of a challenge if you have multiple concurrent users accessing that ever-expanding data.

The Metis HPC Storage Cluster solves this problem by leveraging software-defined storage from BeeGFS. As a result, you get highly available and dense capacity, robust data protection features, and support for multiple concurrent users, all without sacrificing the high storage speeds necessary for HPC performance. Then, when you’re ready, you can scale as needed.

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Ideal Use Cases

  • HPC Storage
  • High-Density Data Stoage
  • Multi-user Environments
  • Brownfield (existing environment) Deployments

Storage for any HPC Workload

  • Distributed, parallel BeeGFS storage
  • Open-source file system
  • High-reliability and security (via ZFS)
  • High-density (multi-PB)
  • High-speed via maximizing bandwidth regardless of scale

Relevant Industries

  • Education and Research
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Oil & Gas
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering & Manufacturing

Relevant Industries


Inside the Metis HPC Storage Cluster

Compute

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Storage

10.8PB RAW Across Object and File Storage Systems

Networking

NVIDIA Networking 1GbE Management Network

Why BeeGFS?

BeeGFS is a lightweight and powerful software-defined distributed filesystem that can scale infinitely without sacrificing performance. BeeGFS is an easy-deployable alternative to other parallel filesystems like IBM Spectrum Scale or Lustre.

The BeeGFS architecture allows users to manage any IO profile requirements without performance restrictions and provides the scalability & flexibility needed for the most demanding HPC applications.

BeeGFS also has native RDMA support. Nodes can serve multiple RDMA (InfiniBand, Omni-Path, RoCE and TCP/IP) network connections at the same time and automatically switch to a redundant connection path to mitigate hardware failures.

No specific enterprise Linux distribution or other special environment is required to run BeeGFS. It uses existing partitions, formatted with any standard Linux file system. That mean a Metis HPC Storage Cluster can plug into any environment and support any HPC use case.

We build each of our systems to “zero defect” standards in our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. Then we hand-inspect every order, testing them to ensure they are 100% operational and optimized to support rapid deployment. What kind of testing? We use a suite of automated tools that simulate real world operations (including convenience and update utilities) and stress tests to validate system functionality. And, because we’re ISO 9001 certified and we’ve been in your shoes, we document the heck out of it so you can easily replicate hardware settings, firmware updates, and software versioning. Standardized installs of new systems mean efficient system deployment. We like that. We think you will too.
We offer a comprehensive 3-year warranty standard, with every system purchased. But you can add extended or custom warranties if your situation calls for it. We know you are literally curing cancer, finding water on Mars, designing airplanes that will carry thousands of people, and ensuring we have live, on-screen data about opposing players during a critical game. We don’t want you to stop working any more than you do.
We offer customer support at different levels, each based on a detailed service level agreement (SLA) that fits your needs. And, with each one, you get the added benefit of knowing that the people who take your call are in-house Silicon Mechanics’ staff whose sole focus is customer support. When we say “Expert Included,” we mean it.

Expert Included

Our engineers are not only experts in traditional HPC and AI technologies, we also routinely build complex rack-scale solutions with today's newest innovations so that we can design and build the best solution for your unique needs.

Talk to an engineer and see how we can help solve your computing challenges today.