[ceph-users] IO500 CFS for SC18

John Bent johnbent at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 13:40:19 PDT 2018

Dear all,

The IO500 is now accepting and encouraging submissions for the upcoming
IO500 list revealed at Supercomputing 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  We also
announce the 10 compute node I/O challenge to encourage submission of
small-scale results. The new ranked lists will be announced at our SC18 BOF
on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:15pm. We hope to see you, and your
results, there.

Deadline: 10 November 2018 AoE

The benchmark suite is designed to be easy to run and the community has
multiple active support channels to help with any questions.  Please submit
and we look forward to seeing many of you at SC 2018!  Please note that
submissions of all size are welcome; the site has customizable sorting so
it is possible to submit on a small system and still get a very good
per-client score for example. Additionally, the list is about much more
than just the raw rank; all submissions help the community by collecting
and publishing a wider corpus of data.  More details below.

Following the success of the Top500 in collecting and analyzing historical
trends in supercomputer technology and evolution, the IO500 was created in
2017 and published its first list at SC17. The need for such an initiative
has long been known within High-Performance Computing; however, defining
appropriate benchmarks had long been challenging. Despite this challenge,
the community, after long and a spirited discussion finally reached
consensus on a suite of benchmarks and a metric for resolving the scores
into a single ranking.

The multi-fold goals of the benchmark suite are as follows:

* Maximizing simplicity in running the benchmark suite
* Encouraging complexity in tuning for performance
* Allowing submitters to highlight their “hero run” performance numbers
* Forcing submitters to simultaneously report performance for challenging
IO patterns.

Specifically, the benchmark suite includes a hero-run of both IOR and
mdtest configured, however, possible to maximize performance and establish
an upper-bound for performance. It also includes an IOR and mdtest run with
highly prescribed parameters in an attempt to determine a lower-bound.
Finally, it includes a namespace search as this has been determined to be a
highly sought-after feature in HPC storage systems that have historically
not been well measured.  Submitters are encouraged to share their tuning
insights for publication.

The goals of the community are also multi-fold:

* Gather historical data for the sake of analysis and to aid predictions of
storage futures
* Collect tuning information to share valuable performance optimizations
across the community
* Encourage vendors and designers to optimize for workloads beyond “hero
* Establish bounded expectations for users, procurers, and administrators

10 Compute Node I/O Challenge

At SC, we will announce another IO-500 award for the "10 Compute Node I/O
Challenge". This challenge is conducted using the regular IO-500 benchmark,
however, with the rule that exactly 10 computes nodes must be used to run
the benchmark (one exception is find, which may use 1 node). You may use
any shared storage with, e.g., any number of servers. When submitting for
the IO-500 list, you can opt-in for “Participate in the 10 compute node
challenge only”, then we won't include the results into the ranked list.
Other 10 compute node submission will be included in the full list and in
the ranked list.  We will announce the result in a separate derived list
and in the full list but not on the ranked IO-500 list at io500.org.


Once again, we encourage you to submit [1], to join our community, and to
attend our BoF “The IO-500 and the Virtual Institute of I/O” at SC 2018 [2]
where we will announce the second ever IO500 list. The current list
includes results from BeeGPFS, DataWarp, IME, Lustre, and Spectrum Scale.
We hope that the next list has even more.

We look forward to answering any questions or concerns you might have.

[1] http://io500.org/submission
[2] https://sc18.supercomputing.org/presentation/?id=bof134&sess=sess390
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