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Method and apparatus for offloading compute resources to a flash co-processing appliance

United States Patent

October 13, 2015
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Solid-State Drive (SSD) burst buffer nodes are interposed into a parallel supercomputing cluster to enable fast burst checkpoint of cluster memory to or from nearby interconnected solid-state storage with asynchronous migration between the burst buffer nodes and slower more distant disk storage. The SSD nodes also perform tasks offloaded from the compute nodes or associated with the checkpoint data. For example, the data for the next job is preloaded in the SSD node and very fast uploaded to the respective compute node just before the next job starts. During a job, the SSD nodes perform fast visualization and statistical analysis upon the checkpoint data. The SSD nodes can also perform data reduction and encryption of the checkpoint data.
Tzelnic; Percy (Concord, MA), Faibish; Sorin (Newton, MA), Gupta; Uday K. (Westford, MA), Bent; John (Los Alamos, NM), Grider; Gary Alan (Los Alamos, NM), Chen; Hsing-bung (Los Alamos, NM)
EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, MA), Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
13/ 676,019
November 13, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.