The main objective of the ADMIRE project is the creation of an active I/O stack that dynamically adjusts computation and storage requirements through intelligent global coordination, elasticity of computation and I/O, and the scheduling of storage resources along all levels of the storage hierarchy, while offering quality-of-service (QoS), energy efficiency, and resilience for accessing extremely large data sets in very heterogeneous computing and storage environments.

The specific scientific-technical objectives of ADMIRE are:

  • Objective 1: Enable the efficient use of new storage tiers by subjecting storage to HPC scheduling decisions and establishing a distributed control that, based on global monitoring, can dynamically adapt storage allocations to changing application demands.
  • Objective 2: Increase application throughput of HPC systems by leveraging the performance advantage of fast, node-local storage tiers through novel, European ad-hoc storage systems, and in-transit/in-situ processing facilities.
  • Objective 3: Balance computation and data transfers by providing elastic mechanisms to dynamically adjust the ratio between the allocations of compute and storage resources.
  • Objective 4: Reduce I/O interference via globally coordinated minimisation of data transfers between storage tiers, while conveying and enforcing end-to-end QoS needs.
  • Objective 5: Provide tools to co-design applications and storage systems with the goal of minimising data movement, targeting different HPC architectures.
  • Objective 6: Increase power-efficiency in data management operations by reducing data movement and adopting low-power storage and CPU technologies.