PDL Abstract

It’s Time to Talk About HPC Storage: Perspectives on the Past and Future

IEEE Computer Society Computing in Science & Engineering November/December 2021.

Bradley Settlemyer1, George Amvrosiadis2, Philip Carns3, Robert Ross3

1Los Alamos National Laboratory
2Carnegie Mellon University
3Argonne National Laboratory


High-performance computing (HPC) storage systems area key component of the success of HPC to date. Recently, we have seen major developments in storagerelated technologies, as well as changes to how HPC platforms are used, especially in relation to artificial intelligence and experimental data analysis workloads. These developments merit a revisit of HPC storage system architectural designs. In this article, we discuss the drivers, identify key challenges to status quo posed by these developments, and discuss directions future research might take to unlock the potential of new technologies for the breadth of HPC applications.