Zettar ZX Solution Defies Data Gravity

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About Zettar

An HPC data transfer solution turns network-bound problems into I/O-bound problems - C. Fang, Zettar Inc.

Zettar Inc. delivers a production-ready, scale-out data transfer solution capable of multi-100+Gbps for distributed data-intensive engineering and science applications. The solution consists of two parts -- scale-out software and a scale-out data transfer system reference design. Zettar is a US National Science Foundation funded startup in Palo Alto, California.

As of 2016, the solution is in its third generation. Each generation has been developed, tested, and verified on best-of-breed hardware provided by various tier 1 vendor partners in the storage, compute, and networking spaces.

Zettar collaborates with the US Department of Energy (DOE)'s national lab system and its Energy Science Network (ESnet), which runs a state-of-the-art national 100Gbps network infrastructure. As a result, Zettar's software and data transfer system reference design are both proven in this demanding production environment. This Intel blog Transferring data at 100Gbps and beyond for distributed data-intensive engineering and sciences explains the overall design thinking of the solution.

Zettar demoed an earlier version of its solution at the prestigious Supercomputing 2014 conference and showcased its third generation solution at various vendor partners' booths and the DOE's booth during the Supercomputing 2016 conference. All presentations included a 100Gbps real-time live demo of production preparation runs (with and without TLS encryption) using an innovative and unique 100Gbps 5000-mile loop provided by ESnet (120+ms latency).

Zettar is deploying its solution at a well-known research university, a DOE Exascale Computing Initiative project, and a hyperscale Web property.

The demo was shown at SC16 11am - noon, Nov 16, DOE booth #1030



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