The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) is the next-generation fabric architected to deliver the performance and scaling needed for tomorrow's high performance computing (HPC) workloads.
A rich ecosystem of storage offerings and solutions is key to enabling the building of high performance Intel OPA-based systems. This white paper describes Intel OPA storage... solutions and discusses the considerations involved in selecting the best storage solution. It is aimed at solution architects and those interested in understanding native Intel OPA high performance storage or connecting legacy storage solutions.
A system with an Intel OPA-based network fabric often requires connectivity to a parallel file system, enabling the Intel OPA connected compute nodes to access the file system storage in the most optimal way. These storage solutions involve storage servers, routers, block storage devices, storage networks, hierarchical storage management and parallel file systems. This overview discusses the components that make up the storage solutions and describes some typical configurations.