Corralling Big Data at TACC

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In this presentation from the DDN User Meeting at SC13, Tommy Minyard from the Texas Advanced Computing Center describes TACC's new Corral data storage system.

Watch the video presentation: http://insidehpc.com/2013/11/13/ddn-user-meeting-coming-sc13-nov-18/

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Corralling Big Data at TACC

  1. 1. Corralling Big Data at TACC Tommy Minyard Texas Advanced Computing Center DDN User Group Meeting November 18, 2013
  2. 2. TACC Mission & Strategy The mission of the Texas Advanced Computing Center is to enable scientific discovery and enhance society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To accomplish this mission, TACC: – Evaluates, acquires & operates advanced computing systems – Provides training, consulting, and documentation to users – Collaborates with researchers to apply advanced computing techniques – Conducts research & development to produce new computational technologies Resources & Services Research & Development
  3. 3. TACC Storage Needs • Cluster specific storage – High performance (tens to hundreds GB/s bandwidth) – Large-capacity (~2TBs per Teraflop), purged frequently – Very scalable to thousands of clients • Center-wide persistent storage – Global filesystem available on all systems – Very large capacity, quota enabled – Moderate performance, very reliable, high availability • Permanent archival storage – Maximum capacity, tens of PBs of capacity – Slow performance, tape-based offline storage with spinning storage cache
  4. 4. History of DDN at TACC • 2006 – Lonestar 3 with DDN S2A9500 controllers and 120TB of disk • 2008 – Corral with DDN S2A9900 controller and 1.2PB of disk • 2010 – Lonestar 4 with DDN SFA10000 controllers with 1.8PB of disk • 2011 – Corral upgrade with DDN SFA10000 controllers and 5PB of disk
  5. 5. Global Filesystem Requirements • User requests for persistent storage available on all production systems – Corral limited to UT System users only • RFP issued for storage system capable of: – At least 20PB of usable storage – At least 100GB/s aggregate bandwidth – High availability and reliability • DDN solution selected for project
  6. 6. Stockyard: Design and Setup
  7. 7. Stockyard: Design and Setup • A Lustre 2.4.1 based global files system, with scalability for future upgrades • Scalable Unit (SU): 16 OSS nodes providing access to 168 OST’s of RAID6 arrays from two SFA12k couplets, corresponding to 5PB capacity and 25+ GB/s throughput per SU • Four SU’s provide 20PB with 100GB/s now • 16 initial LNET router set for external mounts
  8. 8. SU (One server rack with Two DDN SFA12k couplet racks)
  9. 9. SU Hardware Details • SFA12k Rack: 50U rack with 8x L6-30p • SFA12k couplet with 16 IB FDR ports (direct attachment to the 16 OSS servers) • 84 slot SS8460 drive enclosures (10 per rack, 20 enclosures per SU) • 4TB 7200RPM NL-SAS drives
  10. 10. Stockyard Logical Layout
  11. 11. Stockyard: Capabilities and Features • 20PB usable capacity with 100+ GB/s aggregate bandwidth • Client systems can bring its own LNET router set to connect to the Stockyard core IB switches or connect to the built-in LNET routers using either IB or TCP. (FDR14 or 10GigE) • HSM potential to Ranch tape archival system
  12. 12. Capabilities and Features (cont’d) • Meta-data performance enhancement possible with DNE (phase1) • NRS (Network Request Scheduler) evaluation: characteristics of different policies on ost_io.nrs_policies, particularly with crrn(client round-robin over nids) under contention dominated by a few jobs
  13. 13. Stockyard: Numbers So Far • 16 LET-routers configured as direct client (within the Stockyard fabric) can push 25GB/s on the unit • With two SU’s the same set of clients can achieve 50GB/s, and 75GB/s with three SU. • With four SU we hit the 16 client limit. No improvement beyond 75GB/s (corresponding to ~4.7GB/s from each client)
  14. 14. Numbers So Far (Single Client) • Single thread write performance with Lustre 2.4.1 is ~770MB/s – big improvement over 2.1.X at about 500MB/s • Multi-thread from a single client saturates around 4.7GB/s (with credits=256 on both servers and clients)
  15. 15. Numbers So Far (Aggregate) • Performance numbers with 16 lnet-routers : 75GB/s from 16 direct clients • Numbers from Stampede compute clients: 65GB/s with 256 clients (IOR, posix, fpp, with 8 tasks per node) • Saturation point for Stampede clients: 65GB/s • N.B. credits=64 on client nodes of Stampede – Quick test on interactive 2.1.x node with higher credit number gives expected boost.
  16. 16. Numbers So Far (Failover Tests) • OSS failover test setup and results • Procedure: – Identify the OST’s for the test pair – Initiate the dd processes targeted to the particular OST’s each of about 67GB in size so that it does not finish before the failover – Interrupt one of the OSS server with shutdown using ipmitool – Record the individual dd process outputs as well as server and client side Lustre messages – Compare and confirm the recovery and operation of the failover pair with 21 OST’s • All I/O completes within 2 minutes of failover
  17. 17. Failover Testing (cont’d) • Similarly for MDS pair: same sequence of interrupted I/O and collection of Lustre messages on both servers and clients, client side log shows the recovery. – – – – Oct 9 14:58:24 gsfs-lnet-006 kernel: : Lustre: 13689:0:(client.c:1869:ptlrpc_expire_one_request()) @@@ Request sent has timed out for sent delay: [sent 1381348698/real 0] req@ffff88180cfcd000 x1448277242593528/t0(0) o250>MGC192.168.200.10@o2ib100@192.168.200.10@o2ib100:26/25 lens 400/544 e 0 to 1 dl 1381348704 ref 2 fl Rpc:XN/0/ffffffff rc 0/-1 Oct 9 14:58:24 gsfs-lnet-006 kernel: : Lustre: 13689:0:(client.c:1869:ptlrpc_expire_one_request()) Skipped 1 previous similar message Oct 9 14:58:43 gsfs-lnet-006 kernel: : Lustre: Evicted from MGS (at MGC192.168.200.10@o2ib100_1) after server handle changed from 0xb9929a99b6d258cd to 0x6282da9e97a66646 Oct 9 14:58:43 gsfs-lnet-006 kernel: : Lustre: MGC192.168.200.10@o2ib100: Connection restored to MGS (at 192.168.200.11@o2ib100)
  18. 18. Automated Failover • The tests were on an artificial setup to simplify the tracking of the completion of the I/O on clients and shutdown and failover mounts were done manually. • Corosync and pacemaker are being set up to automate the process.
  19. 19. Routed Clients • We monitor the routerstat output on the attached routers and differences between two timestamps, focusing on the even distribution of request streams • Contrary to the expectation that “autodown” may suffice, Lustre clients need to have “check_routers_before_use=1” to have automatic updates of router status
  20. 20. Routed Clients (cont’d) • Even with automatic router checks, clients cannot detect the non-functional routers: a router which was active only on the client side will be assumed to be active by clients • Clients encounter timeouts due to the nonfunctional routers • Resolution: separate router checks on router nodes are added.
  21. 21. Stockyard: Looking Ahead • Deploy as a global $WORK space for TACC resources, will push the number of clients to all TACC resources • Evaluation of Lustre 2.5.0 before full production for HSM functionality and compatibility with SAMFS on Ranch • Quota management (different on 2.4+) • Integrated monitoring setup • Security evaluation
  22. 22. Summary • Storage capacity and performance needs growing at exponential rate • High-performance and reliable filesystems critical for HPC productivity • Benefits of large parallel filesystems outweigh the system administration overhead • Current best solution for cost, performance and scalability is Lustre-based filesystem

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