I/O Characterization of Large-Scale HPC Centers — Benchmarking Working Group, OpenSFS (PDF)
The OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) was created with the intent of defining an I/O benchmark suite to satisfy the requirements of the scalable parallel file system users and facilities. The first step toward this end was identified as characterization of I/O workloads, from small scale to very large scale parallel file systems, deployed at various highCperformance and parallel computing (HPC) facilities and institutions. The characterization will then drive the design of the I/O benchmarks that emulate these workloads.
As part of the characterization, the BWG released a survey at the Supercomputing Conference in 2012, to solicit participation and collect data on file systems and workloads in HPC centers. This paper summarizes the data collected and our analysis.