Practical Computational Storage: Performance, Value, and Limitations

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
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Ongoing standardization efforts for computational storage promise to make the offload of data intensive operations to near-storage compute available across a wide variety of storage devices and platforms. However, many technologists, storage architects and data center managers are still unclear on whether computational storage offers real benefits to practitioners. In this talk we describe Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ongoing efforts to deploy computational storage into the HPC data center. We focus first on describing the quantifiable performance benefits offered by computational storage; second, we present the economic case that motivates deploying computational storage into production; and third, we describe the practical limits that exist in applying computational storage to data center storage systems.

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