Aeon Computing EclipseSL Wins Best HPC Storage Product or Technology at SC2012 in Salt Lake City

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Aeon Computing EclipseSL Wins Best HPC Storage Product or Technology at SC2012 in Salt Lake City

Company reshaping Lustre storage design with their next generation Lustre Storage Appliance.

Salt Lake City, Nov. 12, 2012 — Aeon Computing, a leading HPC and storage vendor, has been awarded the 2012 HPCwire Best HPC Storage Product or Technology award for their EclipseSL Lustre appliance that is the foundation of the 4 PetaByte Data Oasis storage system at San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC). This next generation system pushes the limits of Lustre storage performance.

The Data Oasis system supports three major client clusters, Triton, Trestles, and Gordon, using different bridging technologies; Myrinet-to-10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) bridge (320 Gb/s), InfiniBand-to-Ethernet bridge (240Gb/s), and direct Lustre routing nodes. The EclipseSL provides 4 PetaBytes of storage with a sustained 100 GB/s data rate. Data Oasis was built with 64 Aeon EclipseSL storage building blocks, which constitute the system’s Object Storage Servers (OSSs). Each of these is an I/O powerhouse in their own right with 36 high-speed SAS drives, and two dual-port 10GbE network cards; each OSS delivers sustained rates of over 2GB/s to remote clients. Data Oasis’ capacity and bandwidth are expandable with additional OSSs, at commodity pricing levels.

“We believe that this is the largest and fastest implementation of an all-Ethernet Lustre storage system,” said Phil Papadopoulos, SDSC’s chief technical officer, who is responsible for the center’s data storage systems. “In our open procurement process, Aeon responded with a super-charged design that efficiently utilized all available data pathways in the system including dual QPI, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and dual, blistering-fast RAID controllers. They fundamentally changed our perspective on how to efficiently scale out and hit 100GB/sec of sustained throughput in just 64 storage nodes” continued Papadopoulos.

“SDSC’s requirements for high performance, affordability, and maintainability really pushed the envelope,” according to Jeff Johnson, co-founder of Aeon Computing. “By working closely with SDSC’s engineers and systems staff, we were able to deliver a solution that meets the rigorous demands of data-intensive computing.”

The new IntelŽ E5 based EclipseSL system is a 4U form factor storage device that provides up to 144 TB (up from 108TB), supports PCI Gen3, and has demonstrated data rates approaching 5GB/s (up from 3.8 GB/s). For more details and an expanded technical discussion on a EclipseSL based Lustre filesystem, visit Aeon in Booth 2119 at SC12 in Salt Lake City. The next generation EclipseSL is available for sale and can be used as a standalone storage device or as a high-end component in advanced storage system designs.

About Aeon Computing

Aeon Computing has over 55 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.

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.

About the HPCwire Awards

The HPCwire Awards originated in 2003, as an annual event to honor thought leaders in the HPC community at our biggest IEEE conference of the year, The International Conference for High Performance Computing:

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• Doug Johnson, Co-founder,, 619.316.3940
• Jeff Johnson, Co-founder,, 619-204-9061
• Peter Pelekis, Co-founder,, 858-967-9879
• Greg Faussette, Director of Sales,, 714-267-8200

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