High Performance Storage at Exascale
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

As the computational performance of modern supercomputers is approaching the ExaFLOPS level (10**18 floating point operations per second), the demands on the storage systems that feed these supercomputers continue to increase. On top of traditional HPC simulation workloads, more and more supercomputers are also designed to simultaneously satisfy new data centric workflows with very different I/O characteristics.

Through their massive scale-out capabilities, current parallel file systems are more than able to provide the capacity and raw bandwidth that is needed at Exascale. But it can be difficult to achieve high performance for the increasingly complex data access patterns, to manage billions of small files efficiently, and to continuously feed large GPU based systems with the huge datasets that are required in ML/AI workloads.

This webcast will examine the different I/O workflows seen on supercomputers today, discussing the approaches the industry is taking to support the convergence of HPC and AI workflows, and highlighting some of the innovations in both storage hardware and parallel file system software that will enable high performance storage at Exascale and beyond, discussing:

  • Overview of typical use cases: Numerical simulation, sensor data ingest and analysis, ML/AI, etc.
  • Advancements in HPC storage hardware: From HDDs to storage class memory
  • Solution design: HPC storage fabrics, software stacks, heterogeneity, and tiering
  • Workflows: How to ensure data is available in the right place at the right moment
  • Realities of high-performance storage management – from the perspective of end users and storage administrators

Edge Compute Storage Use Cases for Electric Vehicle & Electric Mobility Markets
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
5:00 pm IST/11:30 am GMT

What are the use cases for use of Edge Compute and Storage in the Electric Vehicle Market. Explore the needs of Battery/Fuel Cells, Electric Vehicles, Charging/Swapping Stations, Consumer interfaces, Renewable Energy Grids, 2nd Life Energy Storage as they all come together to address the EV space.

Why Cryptocurrency and Computational Storage?
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Blockchains, cryptocurrency, and the internet of markets are working to transform finance, wealth, safety, digital security, and trust. Storage-based cryptocurrencies had a breakout year in 2021. Proof of Space and Time is a new blockchain consensus that uses storage capacity to secure the blockchain. Decentralized file storage will enable alternatives to hyperscale data centers for hosting files and objects. Understanding the TCO of a storage system and optimizing the utilization of the storage hardware is critical in scaling these systems. Proof of space generation requires temporary compute and ephemeral storage resources. Having compute resources onboard an SSD can allow for local data processing to decrease overall system Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Join SNIA members Jonmichael Hands of Chia Network, and Eli Tiomkin of NGD Systems as they discuss how a new approach of auto-plotting SSDs combined with computational storage can lower the total TCO. They will discuss how autoplotting works, provide server use cases that illustrate significant performance/TB gains, and discuss the results based on the SNIA Total Cost of Ownership Mode for Storage. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the SNIA TCO model with an interactive case study.

15 Minutes in the Cloud: What is Cloud?
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Everyone is familiar with the term “Cloud” but it’s still worth asking “What is cloud?”  It can be defined as “networked computing facilities providing remote data storage and processing services via the internet.” While that definition is simple, the real-world of cloud is complex, and changing constantly. 

This first talk in the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative “15 Minutes in the Cloud” series will present a brief history of “The Cloud.” If you are a cloud expert, these sessions might not be for you, but for everyone else, this series of short talks might clear up a lot of questions you may have. Join us for a discussion on:

  • Common Cloud Terminology
  • How all the parts work together
  • Why the cloud and what it’s used for
  • Example use cases
  • SNIA Educational resources on Cloud