[Beowulf] SSDs for HPC?

Prentice Bisbal prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Mon Apr 7 12:44:33 PDT 2014

On 04/07/2014 03:11 PM, Lockwood, Glenn wrote:
> On Apr 7, 2014, at 11:53 AM, Prentice Bisbal <prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu> wrote:
>> 4. SSDs wearing out. Is that still a concern, or are lifespans getting better?I think Jim Lux once did calculations on that list to show that with wear-leveling and everything else, even if you wrote to an SSD constantly, it would still outlive the average lifespan of a cluster.
> As long as you use enterprise-grade SSDs (e.g., Intel's stuff) with overprovisioning, the nand endurance shouldn't be an issue over the lifetime of a cluster.  We've used SSDs as our nodes' system disks for a few years now (going on four with our oldest, 324-node production system), and there have been no major problems.  The major problems happened when we were using the cheaper commodity SSDs.  Don't give in to the temptation to save a few pennies there.

Thanks for the info. Enterprise typically means MLC instead of SLC, right?

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