Developing Mistral with ARM

We worked with the High-Performance Computing department at ARM to design Mistral, our pioneering tool for monitoring shared storage. Mistral is now now available for everyone to be able to monitor application I/O and to find rogue jobs.

Olly Stephens, Engineering Systems Architect at ARM, said of the project to develop Mistral with Ellexus:

“We wanted to develop a system that will allow the infrastructure to protect itself somewhat against I/O behaviour that is considered a risk. In particular, we wanted the ability for aggressive use of the storage infrastructure to be automatically detected early and remedial steps taken quickly. Previously this activity was done by the HPC support staff, who were able to monitor and detect issues, but this was a slow and difficult process, primarily due to the lack of available information.

“The data and system control provided by Mistral will allow the infrastructure to prevent risky I/O patterns and give us a lot more information to learn from.”