Published on February 16, 2014
Lustre over ZFS on Linux Update on State of the Art HPC Filesystems Q1-2014 Josh Judd, CTO © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Overview • Remind me... What is “Lustre over ZFS” and why do I care? • What was “production grade” last year? • What has changed since then? • Why do I care about that? • Can you give me a concrete implementation example? • How could I get started on this? Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 2
What is Lustre over ZFS? • Lustre: Horizontally-scalable “meta” filesystem which sits on top of “normal” filesystems and makes them big, fast, and unified – Historically, ext4 provided the “backing” FS for Lustre – This has scalability & performance issues, plus it lacks features & integrity assurances • ZFS: Vertically-scalable “normal” filesystem, which includes many powerful features, integrity assurances, and an advanced RAID stack – Historically, a ZFS filesystem could only exist on a single server at a time – It could scale vertically, but had no ability to scale out whatsoever • Lustre/ZFS: Marries the horizontal scalability and performance of Lustre to the vertical scalability and features of ZFS Page Slide 3 • Better together: Each fills missing pieces of the other © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
What worked last year? • LLNL was supporting part of ZFS in the Sequoia system – This had scalability benefits, and added some features – They didn’t have ZFS RAID/Volume at high confidence in time for Sequoia • WARP was supporting all of the ZFS features... But a bit differently – This was the most complete integration on the market. However... – WARP ran an OSS connected via RDMA to a separate Solaris-based ZFS box – This provided feature benefits, but wasn’t unified hardware and didn’t integrate the file and block layers – e.g., read ahead optimizations were “N/A” – And you had to manage both Linux and Solaris Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 4
What has changed? • LLNL has done more refinement and scaling on all layers • WARP has finished integrating the whole stack onto one controller • Now you can get file+block aspects of Lustre/ZFS on a single Linux box – No Solaris; no external RDMA cables; no extra server in the mix – 100% of the Lustre/ZFS integration features, e.g. read-ahead optimization works • Easy to install from RHEL-style yum repo • Commercial support available Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 5
Value of this to HPC systems? • Complete PXE support – Now you can can PXE boot everything, from RAID to the parallel FS layers, and run “diskless” – i.e. no image to flash inside storage nodes – In other words, manage your storage the same way you manage the compute layer • Complete base OS control – Some customers want a GUI; others want control – Full root access to Linux-based OS – which fully controls all layers of storage • Complete open source stack – Lowers cost for storage dramatically – just as it did on the server layer – Allows “the community” to add features and tools © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 6
Value of this to HPC systems? (cont.) • Moves in the “mainstream direction” of open source vs. proprietary • Built-in compression gets 1.7:1 in real-world HPC environments • ZFS RAID layer supports hybrid SSD pools: massive performance benefits for Lustre especially with small random reads • ZFS adds multiple layers of integrity protection: essential at petascale • Allows running arbitrary user-provided code directly within the storage array – e.g., CRAM could be implemented inside the controller © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 7
Concrete example? • Not a sales pitch, but... • WARP implements the stack as an appliance • In this case, the controllers are integrated into the storage enclosure • We’ll describe how we did it in a minute, but... • You can “DIY” the same thing using COTS hardware and free software • It’s a question of “do you want an appliance with commercial support”? Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 8
Core architecture of WARPhpc system • 4u 60bay chassis • Used for OSS “heads” and disk shelves • Building block is 12u / 180 bay OSS “pod” • 1x chassis has 2x Sandy Bridge OSSs (HA) • 2x chassis have SAS JBOD controllers • Can use100% HDD, 100% SSD, or hybrid • Typical case per pod: – 4GB/s to 12GB/s – 0.5PB to 1.0PB usable © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 9
CPU-based Controllers for OSSs © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 10
Example HPC Lustre/ZFS Storage System arranged as 12u “pods” • Chassis are – 3x chassis in a group – 1x “smart” and 2x “expansion” – 180 spindles (“S”), or 150 spindles + 30 SSDs (“H”), or 180 SSDs (“M”) – 2x controllers (active/active HA) with 4x 56Gbps Infiniband or 4x 40Gbps Ethernet ports – Each pod runs between 4GBytes/s to 12GBytes/s, depending on drive config and workload – Example 4-rack system: ~14PB w/ compression (typical) and ~70+GB /sec (typical) Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 11
How to actually build that? Option 1: WARP just rolls in racks Option 2: DIY • Everything about this is open source • You can hook up COTS servers to JBODs, download code, and go • Lustre layer works mostly like any other Lustre system • Differences are in how OSTs are created: – mkfs.lustre --mgs --backfstype=zfs warpfs-mgt0/mgt0 mirror sdc sdd – mkfs.lustre --ost --backfstype=zfs –mgsnode=[nid] --fsname warpfs --index=1 warpfs-ost1/ost1 raidz sdf sdg sdh sdi sdj cache sde1 Page © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 12
How to get started? • WARP and LLNL are in final stages of reviewing a quick start guide • This shows how to get Lustre/ZFS running as a VM in minutes • It’s not a comprehensive guide to Lustre or ZFS, but it distills procedures down to a simple, “cut and paste” method to get started • [...]To get an advance copy, email email@example.com Next, tell the Lustre/ZFS startup scripts (contributed by LLNL) which Lustre services you want to start. Don’t worry that you haven’t created these filesystems yet. They will be created shortly. If you prefer the vi method to echoing, then: vi /etc/ldev.conf Make sure ldev.conf contains the following lines: warpdemo - mgs zfs:warp-°©‐mgt0/mgts0 warpdemo [...] © 2013 WARP Mechanics Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Slide 13
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