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The following paper was produced by the Dell Cambridge HPC Solution Centre and is based on operational experience gained from using mass storage technologies within a production University HPC environment. The paper provides a detailed description of how to build a commodity "Dell Lustre Storage Brick" and provides comprehensive performance characteristics obtained from the Lustre storage brick when integrated into a gigabit Ethernet storage network. The paper also discusses the operational characteristics and system administration best practices derived from over two years of production usage. The performance data shows good I/O throughput via the Lustre filesystem on top of the Dell storage brick, yielding 80% of the bare metal MD3000 storage array performance.
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