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Parallel applications running across thousands of processors must protect themselves from inevitable system failures. Many applications insulate themselves from failures by checkpointing. For many applications, checkpointing into a shared single file is most convenient. With such an approach, the size of writes are often small and not aligned with file(More)
—The largest-scale high-performance (HPC) systems are stretching parallel file systems to their limits in terms of aggregate bandwidth and numbers of clients. To further sustain the scalability of these file systems, researchers and HPC storage architects are exploring various storage system designs. One proposed storage system design integrates a tier of(More)
The I/O bottleneck in high-performance computing is becoming worse as application data continues to grow. In this work, we explore how patterns of I/O within these applications can significantly affect the effectiveness of the underlying storage systems and how these same patterns can be utilized to improve many aspects of the I/O stack and mitigate the I/O(More)
In the petascale era, the storage stack used by the extreme scale high performance computing community is fairly homogeneous across sites. On the compute edge of the stack, file system clients or IO forwarding services direct IO over an interconnect network to a relatively small set of IO nodes. These nodes forward the requests over a secondary storage(More)
There yet exist no truly parallel file systems. Those that make the claim fall short when it comes to providing adequate concurrent write performance at large scale. This limitation causes large usability headaches in HPC. Users need two major capabilities missing from current parallel file systems. One, they need low latency interac-tivity. Two, they need(More)
—Checkpointing is the predominant storage driver in today's petascale supercomputers and is expected to remain as such in tomorrow's exascale supercomputers. Users typically prefer to checkpoint into a shared file yet parallel file systems often perform poorly for shared file writing. A powerful technique to address this problem is to transparently(More)
In 2003, the High End Computing Revitalization Task Force designated file systems and I/O as an area in need of national focus. The purpose of the High End Computing Interagency Working Group (HECIWG) is to coordinate government spending on File Systems and I/O (FSIO) R&D by all the government agencies that are involved in High End Computing. The HECIWG(More)