VAST Data Platform for High Performance Computing (HPC)

Uncompromising Performance, Unrivaled Simplicity

The VAST Data Platform accelerates HPC by delivering the performance and scale of parallel file systems with the simplicity of NAS, all at archive economics. Powered by VAST’s DASE architecture, our customers build scale-out systems delivering TB/s and millions of IOPS of performance without the rigidity and overhead of legacy architectures.

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Consolidate scratch and nearline tiers to a single high-performance platform that eliminates data migrations and future-proofs your data for AI workloads. The VAST Data Platform fuels innovative HPC teams to compute on exascale data sets from edge to cloud with unrivaled simplicity.

Overview

Parallel file system performance. Enterprise NAS simplicity. Zero compromises.

Taking on the world’s most complex computational workloads required a relentless focus on performance at scale that lead HPC teams away from well-known storage protocols like NFS and to adopt specialized parallel file systems that provided support for parallel streaming operations. Parallel file systems like Lustre, GPFS, and BeeGFS were accepted as the only viable option for HPC workloads, and the complexity of custom software clients, disruptive upgrades, expansion, and customized tuning as unavoidable tradeoffs. 

Enter the VAST Data Platform, with the revolutionary disaggregated, shared-everything (DASE) architecture that builds an inherently parallel foundation for world-class HPC performance and scalability. Leading HPC teams are proving that with VAST they can get all the performance and scale of parallel file systems via standard NAS protocols like NFS while gaining unparalleled simplicity and reliability. 

VAST’s archive economics make it affordable to consolidate scratch and nearline tiers to a single flash tier.  When all data is available for processing at NVMe speed researchers no longer need to stage or curate data sets and AI-powered workloads benefit from uncompromised random IO performance. Further simplifying data management, VAST automatically indexes file and object metadata to the built-in and always-in-sync VAST Catalog.  Researchers can search and find data faster and administrators can analyze application behavior and audit access with an intuitive UI and SQL interface for advanced queries.

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The novel use of different flash technologies along with the ease of NFS access is what made VAST work for our needs. We get high-performance, a novel architecture with cool data reduction technology, and the ability to access it anywhere without needing specialized software on the client side. This, combined with its high availability, made VAST the right solution for us.

Cameron Harr
HPC Systems Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Key Benefits

Unleashing Exascale Innovation

When teams spend less effort tuning and troubleshooting, when scheduled downtime and outages are eliminated, researchers get more time to run simulations and analyze data. With all-flash performance that is orders of magnitude faster than spinning disk, computational jobs finish faster, reducing power consumption to make HPC data centers more sustainable. And when researchers need 1000s of cores for complex simulations VAST’s global namespace that unifies cloud, edge, and core makes it simple to burst to the cloud. The VAST Data Platform is unified and built as a singular intelligent system that increases the productivity of HPC and AI-powered research and helps customers drive value from their supercomputing investments.

All Flash, at Archive Economics

Deploy all-flash infrastructure for all data sets. VAST's new advancements in commodity flash management, data protection and reduction deliver a lower TCO than hybrid storage alternatives.

Unrivaled NAS Simplicity

Eliminate the need for tiering appliances, client agents, data migrations, and other complications with a single, simple-to-manage, enterprise solution.

Simplified Data Management

A unified multi-protocol platform for both unstructured (NFS, SMB, and S3) and structured data with support for native SQL applications and query engines such as Spark and Trino.

AI-Optimized Client Access

With support for RDMA and GPUDirect Storage access, VAST’s NAS experience delivers the performance of a parallel file system without any of the parallel file system complexity.

Data-Efficient Cloud Bursting

Defeat data gravity with granular policy driven data access from anywhere in the VAST DataSpace.

Unrivaled Uptime

With always online upgrades and expansions and no complex tuning required research teams gain insights faster.

All Flash, at Archive Economics

Deploy all-flash infrastructure for all data sets. VAST's new advancements in commodity flash management, data protection and reduction deliver a lower TCO than hybrid storage alternatives.

Unrivaled NAS Simplicity

Eliminate the need for tiering appliances, client agents, data migrations, and other complications with a single, simple-to-manage, enterprise solution.

Simplified Data Management

A unified multi-protocol platform for both unstructured (NFS, SMB, and S3) and structured data with support for native SQL applications and query engines such as Spark and Trino.

AI-Optimized Client Access

With support for RDMA and GPUDirect Storage access, VAST’s NAS experience delivers the performance of a parallel file system without any of the parallel file system complexity.

Data-Efficient Cloud Bursting

Defeat data gravity with granular policy driven data access from anywhere in the VAST DataSpace.

Unrivaled Uptime

With always online upgrades and expansions and no complex tuning required research teams gain insights faster.

Reference Architecture

Embarrassing parallelism for Exascale computing

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