Boston and Nyriad Launch GPU-accelerated SSD Storage Array at ISC 2018

Frankfurt, Germany (25th June, 2018) – For the first time ever presented at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2018), Boston Limited and Nyriad Limited are pleased to announce the world’s first “GPU‐powered SSD storage solution”, the Boston Igloo Nebari which provides speed and data resilience exceeding traditional RAID‐based solutions.

The Boston Igloo Nebari system is based on a Supermicro server, supports up to 72x Micron 5100 PRO SSDs and Micron NVDIMMs powered by NVIDIA® Tesla® P4 GPUs, and harnesses Nyriad’s NSULATE, a GPU‐accelerated, software‐defined alternative to RAID. NSULATE presents groups of physical storage devices as a Linux block device to the system and leverages the accelerated processing capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs to perform real‐time erasure coding at many times the resilience and speed of CPU erasure coding or RAID‐based systems.

NSULATE also simultaneously performs cryptographic checksums on every block of data to prove that every bit stored is perfectly recovered. The use of an NVIDIA GPU as a storage processor enables configuration of reliable arrays with many times greater parallelism and scale than traditional storage arrays.

The Boston Igloo Nebari will be on display at the Boston Ltd booth (C‐1232) at ISC 2018 at the Messe Frankfurt in Germany between 25th and 27th June. Throughout the show, in‐booth demonstrations of Nebari will be presented by Leon Oud, Nyriad’s Director of Developer Services, and Patricks O’Neill, Boston’s HPC Systems Engineer, who will demonstrate both the performance of NSULATE and also the resilience by removing drives from an active array without impacting function or performance.

Matthew Simmons, CEO of Nyriad, says: “Boston is a major distributor of Supermicro hardware and we are not only delighted to be working with them, as our first partnership in Europe, but we are excited to be jointly releasing a next‐generation storage solution that we know will solve the many problems of data resilience, availability and providence.

Manoj Nayee, Managing Director of Boston, states: “The Nyriad and Boston relationship began at GTC18 when we were impressed with their live demo, which drew impressive crowds. During the show we began early discussions around partnership before taking NSULATE into Boston Labs for testing; in this short amount of time we’re pleased to now announce our end‐to‐end solution that’s ready for market.”


About Nyriad

Nyriad is an exascale software company specialising in advanced data storage solutions for big data and high performance computing. Nyriad initially developed a GPU-accelerated storage technology for the Square Kilometre Array, the world's largest computing project. The sheer scale of the problem led Nyriad to a breakthrough in computing density where parallel computing and distributed storage-processing become the same thing. Nyriad’s first product, NSULATE, is now available from Boston. For more information, visit nyriad.com.

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