SC16 Salt Lake City, UT

The Virtual Institute for I/O and the IO-500 List

Authors: Dr. Julian Kunkel (German Climate Computing Center)

BP Abstract: Due to the increasing complexity of HPC data management, activities in the storage research community have increased over the last few years. The general purpose of this BoF is to foster this community and discuss the role of the international Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO, in supporting, developing, and maintaining this community. The speakers will give talks covering VI4IO and issues of benchmarking storage systems. The direction of these efforts is then discussed with the participants. A specific purpose of the BoF is to elaborate whether the community would be well-served by an IO-500 benchmark similar to the Top500.

Long Description: Goals of the BoF are to 1) advertise the community hub but also discuss and steer the direction of the community effort, 2) to specifically identify possibilities to create a relevant community I/O benchmark that can be tracked with an IO-500 list. Goals of the Virtual Institute for I/O are: * Provide a platform for I/O researchers and enthusiasts for exchanging information * Foster international collaboration in the field of high-performance I/O * Track, and encourage, the deployment of large storage systems by hosting information about high-performance storage systems They are based on the philosophical cornerstones: * Treat every member and participant equally * Allow free participation without any membership fee inclusive to all * Be independent of vendors and research facilities Expected HPC audience are 1) I/O experts from data centers and industry, 2) researchers/engineers working on high-performance I/O for data centers, 3) domain scientists and computer scientists interested in discussing I/O issues. The outcome of this BoF will steer the direction of the community effort, a short report about the discussions for VI4IO and the IO-500 will be written and published on our community page. This is the first time, this BoF is held at SC, but during ISC a BoF about VI4IO has been given: The number of attendees was about 30 people (although the attendee numbers are not comparable to SC).

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