NOV 13, 2018 8:21 AM PST

Pushing the Limits of Super-computing

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Large complex data need advanced computer systems, often know as supercomputing. Answering questions in metaphysical queries, finding the origins of the universe, to discovering cancer-fighting drugs all need high-performance computing for their complexity and large questions.

Current framework for storage platforms requires users to choose between customization of features or high availability. Reliance on computers intaking, processing, and analyzing huge amounts of data gives supercomputing unprecedent speeds. As of now, the best systems only operate at a quadrillion calculations per second, or a petaflop.

So, researchers at Virginia Technical Institute are aiming to tackle this issue by giving high-performance computing (HPC) data systems the flexibility to thrive with an advanced framework called BespoKV. The goal of BespoKV is to someday perform at the exascale, or 1 billion billion calculations per second.

The main component of the new framework is key value (KV) systems which store and retrieve important data from fast memory-based storage. In multiple computers aiming to solve a problem, KV systems are used in today's high-performance applications. The support of KV systems by of BespoKV give it an innovative edge.

Credit: Virginia Tech

"I got interested in key value systems because this very fundamental and simple storage platform has not been exploited in high-performance computing systems where it can provide a lot of benefits," says first author of the study, Ali Anwar. "BespoKV is a novel framework that can enable HPC systems to provide a lot of flexibility and performance and not be chained to rigid storage design."

The study is critical for industries that process large amounts of data such as space-hogging, intense visual graphics of movie streaming sites, millions of financial transactions, or user-generated content at social media outlets. The new framework enables new HPC services for the anticipation of future workloads.

"Developers from large companies can really sink their teeth into designing innovative HPC storage systems with BespoKV," explains professor of computer science, Ali Butt. "Data-access performance is a major limitation in HPC storage systems and generally employs a mix of solutions to provide flexibility along with performance, which is cumbersome. We have created a way to significantly accelerate the system behavior to comply with desired performance, consistency, and reliability levels."

Source: Virginia Tech

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
You May Also Like
APR 09, 2021
Technology
Ankle Exoskeleton Enables Faster Walking
APR 09, 2021
Ankle Exoskeleton Enables Faster Walking
As people age, their speed in walking often deteriorates which can be a frustrating experience. Engineers at Stanford Un ...
MAY 13, 2021
Clinical & Molecular DX
Smart Patch Measures How Itchy You Are
MAY 13, 2021
Smart Patch Measures How Itchy You Are
A wearable “scratch sensor” developed by researchers at Northwestern University could finally help doctors m ...
MAY 31, 2021
Clinical & Molecular DX
Researchers Create the First Saliva Wiki
MAY 31, 2021
Researchers Create the First Saliva Wiki
A new digital platform, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo, is answering the question: what’s o ...
JUN 07, 2021
Clinical & Molecular DX
COVID Test Results in a Second?
JUN 07, 2021
COVID Test Results in a Second?
Scientists have developed a handheld diagnostic device, capable of detecting the presence of the SARS-CoV-2’s spik ...
JUN 28, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Ultra-Thin Spinal Implants Could Treat Severe Pain
JUN 28, 2021
Ultra-Thin Spinal Implants Could Treat Severe Pain
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have built a minimally invasive, ultra-thin, inflatable spinal cord stimula ...
JUL 21, 2021
Technology
Digital App Helps People Make Positive Eating-Habit Changes
JUL 21, 2021
Digital App Helps People Make Positive Eating-Habit Changes
We all have moments where the only thing that can comfort us is food, and a lot of it. However, such behavior can very q ...
Loading Comments...