Tuesday, August 11th 2020

Intel Optane Persistent Memory DAOS Solution Sets New World Record

Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem), in combination with Intel's open-source distributed asynchronous object storage (DAOS) solution, sets a new world record, soaring to the top of the Virtual Institute for I/O IO-500 list. With just 30 servers of Intel Optane PMem, Intel's DAOS solution defeated today's best supercomputers and now ranks No. 1 for file system performance worldwide. These results validate the solution's delivery as having the most performance of any distributed storage today. They also demonstrate how Intel is truly changing the storage paradigm by providing customers the persistence of disk storage with the fine-grained and low-latency data access of memory in its Intel Optane PMem product.

"The recent IO-500 results for DAOS demonstrate the continuing maturity of the software's functionality enabled by a well-managed code development and testing process. The collaborative development program will continue to deliver additional capabilities for DAOS in support of Argonne's upcoming exascale system, Aurora," said Gordon McPheeters, HPC systems administration specialist at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
DAOS with Intel Optane PMem made its debut onto the IO-500 list at SC19. This year, Intel customers Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and Argonne National Lab also entered DAOS with Intel Optane PMem solutions, which landed at No. 3 and No. 4 on the full list, respectively. In the 10-node challenge, where systems are compared with 10 clients each, the three Intel Optane PMem DAOS solutions took the top three rankings (Intel, TACC and Argonne). Both lists are important for the assessment of file system efficiency, client performance and scalability on mass scale installations.


"We are extremely grateful to our partners, software developers and larger ecosystem for helping us achieve the No. 1 ranking," said Alper Ilkbahar, vice president of the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Memory and Storage Products Group at Intel. "Only with the combination of DAOS and Intel persistent memory can such performance be reached today. We are very excited to continue to innovate with our partners and customers and keep pushing the limits of speed and performance."

For more information:DAOS 1.0 was newly released in June, targeted at partner integration and the DAOS proof-of-concept program, and is now ready to test drive.
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13 Comments on Intel Optane Persistent Memory DAOS Solution Sets New World Record

#1
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
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Steevo
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
Its going to be interesting if it does as a truly instant on system with heterogeneous computing.
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#3
yeeeeman
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
There is already a cache solution with Optane memory, so yeah, it is on mainstream also.
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#4
hurakura
Any backdoors and security holes in this?
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#5
Selaya
i have optane ssd does that count
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#6
bug
yeeeeman
There is already a cache solution with Optane memory, so yeah, it is on mainstream also.
We must have very different definitions of "mainstream".
Steevo
Its going to be interesting if it does as a truly instant on system with heterogeneous computing.
I'd just be happy with its insane (compared to SSD) random read/write performance. We wouldn't be talking "instant on", we'd be talking "instant everything".
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zlobby
hurakura
Any backdoors and security holes in this?
No, this is intel. There can't be any! /s
ThrashZone
Hi,
Cost is insane.
It is to match its overly exaggerated performance.
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#9
Xex360
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
Maybe now that they are struggling in the CPU market they will look for ways to make money.
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#10
Verpal
yeeeeman
There is already a cache solution with Optane memory, so yeah, it is on mainstream also.
Yeah, those optane + HDD/QLC is quite responsive, I would still rather get a 512GB TLC instead optane SLC cache + QLC SSD though.
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#11
ZoneDymo
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
no, it has to remain hard to.... .... ................. Optane
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#12
InVasMani
Still curious how well it compares to a standard ram disk or hybrid ram and ssd caching like Primo Cache or StoreMi. I mean Optane is fast, but it's also relatively speaking insanely expensive. Are you better off simply buying more ram density and cache accelerating your SSD with is what I'd like to know. That said I wouldn't use lazy writes under any circumstances honestly so Optane has that outright perk advantage you might say still I'd just buy a SSD with a stronger focus on the write performance and accelerate the read performance luckily write performance is often far better than read performance is the other part of the equation.
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#13
ExcuseMeWtf
bug
Ah, Optane. Will you ever come to mainstream?
Probably.

If in this decade though, your guess is as good as mine.
InVasMani
Still curious how well it compares to a standard ram disk or hybrid ram and ssd caching like Primo Cache or StoreMi. I mean Optane is fast, but it's also relatively speaking insanely expensive. Are you better off simply buying more ram density and cache accelerating your SSD with is what I'd like to know. That said I wouldn't use lazy writes under any circumstances honestly so Optane has that outright perk advantage you might say still I'd just buy a SSD with a stronger focus on the write performance and accelerate the read performance luckily write performance is often far better than read performance is the other part of the equation.
Still good deal slower than ramdisk. But as ramdisk user, when already having SATA based SSD its main benefit is automated clearing of caches and whatnot + prob saving some write cycles on NAND. Performance wise it's not very perceptible whether all on SSD or SSD with ramdisk caching. Now back then when you ran OS on HDD...
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