Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium demonstrates nCorium performance speed up

October 30, 2019

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In the first year of the Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), Los Alamos National Laboratory completed benchmarking nCorium’s new memory-centric server architecture for viability, functionality and performance in high performance storage.

“We are excited to be working with nCorium to explore moving potentially hundreds of petabytes of data multiple times faster than current approaches while adding value to the data as it moves,” said Gary Grider, High Performance Computing division leader at Los Alamos.

The Laboratory’s measurements on nCorium’s first-generation acceleration server showed 3-5 times faster data movement across a variety of important workloads. By delivering improved bandwidth with fewer storage nodes, nCorium can be a significant contributor to efficient I/O and Storage tier, and be applicable to all large scale computing sites such as the Department of Energy, NASA and others. It could also help a variety of industries including oil and gas and entertainment, to name a few.

Future improvements in network speeds could further increase the nCorium performance gains.

“The prospect of using far less data movement and storage nodes in our environment while providing more in flight data manipulation is an important step towards the higher efficiencies that the EMC3 seeks,” said Brad Settlemyer, lead senior scientist in data management at Los Alamos. “nCorium’s system’s support for offloading frequently used operations into the memory subsystem appears to be a real path forward in overcoming the ‘memory wall’ that currently limits storage server performance.”

“The processing speeds of current servers are falling behind the network and storage speeds, thus creating a processing bottleneck. This prevents today’s data center infrastructure from economically adding value to the data while in flight,” said Arvindh Lalam, CEO and Founder of nCorium. “Our goal is to fundamentally break this processing bottleneck.”

In EMC3, HPC consumer organizations, researchers and system developers can collaborate to attack the various aspects of the challenging problem of higher efficiency extreme scale, mission-centric computing. While this particular evaluation addresses the data acceleration methods and techniques to move data to and from other machines and storage devices, other key areas of interest include, processors and memory advances for application efficiency, data management, movement and manipulation for workflow efficiency, and even use of machine learning and AI to improve efficient computational science and decision support. The HPC consumer base, along with national and international HPC component and system developers, are encouraged to join EMC3.

About nCorium (www.ncorium.com): nCorium, a San Jose company, developed a new memory-centric server architecture and an easy-to-use software framework to minimize data movement within server and deliver high density and low power compute capabilities for better data center efficiency. nCorium technology targets High Performance Storage, Artificial Intelligence, Content Distribution, Visualization, and other applications.