Boston dataScaler-L SFF

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Boston's dataScaler-L SFF (small form factor) appliance is the latest addition to Boston's Lustre based parallel file system portfolio and provides a lower cost / capacity entry point for Lustre storage systems.


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Boston dataScaler-L SFF

Boston's dataScaler-L SFF (small form factor) appliance is the latest addition to Boston's Lustre based parallel file system portfolio and provides a lower cost / capacity entry point for Lustre storage systems. Traditional Lustre solutions on the market are focused on addressing the high end cluster users, while the Boston Lustre SFF is designed for small or mid-sized clusters with capacities as low as 18TB (and scaling to 720TB). This solution provides a high performance alternative to standard NFS and provides customers with the option to scale and grow as the cluster and user demands increase over time.

Lustre is the most widely used parallel file system in the HPC industry,however its typically reserved for larger clusters and institutes with generous budgets. Small to medium sized clusters are typically deployed with NFS as a shared file system providing limited scalability and performance. The Boston Lustre SFF aims to address this problem. Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* provides unmatched speed, and efficiency compared to other platforms and gives you the ability to independently Scale-Out or Scale-Up your storage in response to user demands.

The Boston Lustre SFF has been developed and engineered in response to customer demands for higher performance HPC solutions at a more attractive price point. 


Key Features

High Bandwidth Scalability Intel's Enterprise Edition of Lustre in a 4U


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  • Applications

    High Bandwidth
    Parallel Filesystem

  • Backplane

    SAS3 12Gbps passive backplane

  • BIOS Features

    ACPI 1.0 / 2.0
    APM 1.2
    PCI 2.2
    Plug and Play (PnP)
    SMBIOS 2.3
    USB keyboard support

  • BIOS Type

    128MB SPI Flash with AMI UEFI

  • Buttons

    Power On/Off button

  • Certifications

    80 plus Titanium

  • Chipset

    Intel C612

  • CPU Quantity (Installed)


  • CPU Series

    Intel Xeon E5-2667 v4

  • CPU Speed

    3.2 GHz

  • Drive Bays

    24 x 3.5" Hot-swap SAS drive bays with SES2

  • Error Detection

    Corrects single-bit errors

  • Expansion Slots

    3 x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (1 FHHL, 2 LPHL) slots per controller

  • HDD's (Installed)

    22 x Toshiba 3.5" 6TB SAS 12Gb/s 7.2K RPM 128M 512E (Tomcat R)

  • Input/Output

    1 x COM port (rear)
    1 x VGA
    2 x JBOD expansion ports per node (mini-SAS HD)
    2 x RJ45 10GBase-T LAN ports
    3 x USB 3.0 ports (2 rear + 1 Type A)
    IPMI LAN shared port

  • IPMI

    Aspeed AST2400 BMC
    IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
    Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0

  • LED indicators

    2 x Network activity LEDs
    Heartbeat LED
    Overheat/Fan Fail LED
    Power fail LED
    Power LED

  • Manufacturer


  • Memory (Installed)


  • Memory Sizes


  • Memory Slots


  • Memory Type

    ECC DDR4 SDRAM 72-bit

  • Memory Voltage


  • Network Adapter

    1 x Realtek RTL8201N PHY (dedicated IPMI)
    Dual 10GBase-T LAN with Intel X540 Ethernet Controller
    Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
    Virtual Machine Device Queues High efficient I/O overhead

  • Product Range

    Boston Igloo

  • SAS Controller

    SAS3 (12Gbps) via LSI 3008

  • SATA Controller

    SATA3 (6Gbps) with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

  • SSD's (Installed)

    2 x Seagate 1200.2 SSD 1920GB, SAS 12Gb/s, enterprise eMLC, 2.5" 15.0mm (3DWPD)
    4 x Supermicro SATA DOM 128GB SATA 6Gb/s internal

  • System Bus

    QPI up to 9.6 GT/

  • System Cooling

    4 x 8cm and 4 x 4cm PWM cooling fans
    Redundant Cooling

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