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Primeur weekly 2015-10-19

Special

Blue Yonder to automate enterprise decisions with machine learning ...

Videos of presentations from the Docker Workshop at ISC Cloud & Big Data conference published ...

Exascale supercomputing

Research and Markets to investigate impact of exascale computing trends in key sectors ...

Focus on Europe

Cray launches EMEA Research Lab expanding its presence in the European HPC ecosystem ...

GCS sponsors students from Technische Universität München for the Student Cluster Challenge at SC15 ...

Middleware

Moab scheduling tweak tightens Titan's workload ...

Adaptive Computing deploys Converged HPC, Cloud & Big Data for The Hospital for Sick Children & University Health Network's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre ...

Hardware

Rugged 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switch that brings high speed networking to 3U VPX systems introduced by Curtiss-Wright ...

Asetek receives order for largest server installation to date ...

Retrofitting Rhea cluster at OLCF ...

British Antarctic Survey navigates surge of scientific research and complex climate models with DDN hybrid flash storage appliance ...

United Nations Technology Bank recognises importance of GÉANT and research and education networks ...

KBC Group delivers customers powerful banking experience driven by IBM z13 mainframe ...

Nanoelectronics researchers employ Titan for an electrifying simulation speed-up ...

Gigabyte presents its new C230 series server & workstation motherboards ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab's Yelick lauded for advances in programmability of high-performance computing systems ...

Supercoiled DNA is far more dynamic than the 'Watson-Crick' double helix ...

Ace Computers to exhibit custom HPCs and supercomputers for the Oil and Gas industry at SEG Expo ...

27 million euro for Dutch expertise centre in data-intensive scientific research ...

The Cloud

EGI opens new training infrastructure ...

VMware advances industry leading hybrid Cloud management platform and accelerates unified services delivery across public and private Clouds ...

British Antarctic Survey navigates surge of scientific research and complex climate models with DDN hybrid flash storage appliance

29 Sep 2015 Santa Clara - DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced that British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has deployed DataDirect Netowrks' (DDN) SFA7700X hybrid flash storage appliance to meet an exponential surge in research data and complex climate models that are helping to shed light on major environmental issues such as the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelf. As one of the world's leading environmental research centres, BAS embraces a research strategy called Polar Science for Planet Earth, which includes months-long expeditions on ice-strengthened ships to measure as much of the Antarctic environment as possible.

BAS collects and preserves vast amounts of critical data about what exists above and below the seafloor. Additionally, as the European hub of SuperDARN - a major global project focused on measuring and modelling the impact of various atmospheric conditions on the Antarctic ice-shelf - BAS is responsible for sharing massive amounts of data with the global research community.

Faced with collecting 10 times more data than a decade ago and twice as much data as last year, BAS required high-performance storage that could grow-in-place at its space-constrained data centre in Cambridge, England. With DDN's SFA7700X, BAS extracts maximum performance and value from both spinning disk and flash media.

"Over the last 10 to 15 years our data increase has been around 75 percent year on year. The ability to blend some of the fastest online storage with near-line storage in one solution meets our demands for performance-optimized solutions", stated Jeremy Robst, IT support engineer and head of Unix systems for British Antarctic Survey. "DDN helps us to manage our research needs with reliable, scalable Lustre and VMware support, helping us and the research community gain more insight from our Big Data sets."

In addition to maximizing Big Data insights, BAS sought increased reliability to ensure 24/7 access to research data and scientific modelling demands. A small yet dedicated IT team also needed to address a growing VMware environment while supporting the move to a Lustre parallel file system to accommodate evolving needs and to align seamlessly with the Cambridge-based research community.

By moving to DDN's SFA7700X, BAS now enables scientists and researchers to take advantage of a mix of flash and rotating media to cost-effectively speed performance of different applications and models, including the weather forecasting model used by the UK's Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research, the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and the MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm), which assists with studying the atmosphere, climate and ocean.

Thanks to DDN's high-density configuration, BAS has been able to cut data centre space dedicated to storage by almost half while increasing capacity by over 10x. "DDN's density is our no. 1 benefit as we now can grow capacity without increasing our storage footprint in the data centre", added Jeremy Robst. "The ability to increase storage without needing more power or space will make a big difference in the future." BAS can continue to upgrade its existing storage, adding more SFA7700X systems to achieve a three-to-four times increase of up to 1.5 PBs of storage capacity within the same footprint.
Source: DataDirect Networks

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-10-19

Special

Blue Yonder to automate enterprise decisions with machine learning ...

Videos of presentations from the Docker Workshop at ISC Cloud & Big Data conference published ...

Exascale supercomputing

Research and Markets to investigate impact of exascale computing trends in key sectors ...

Focus on Europe

Cray launches EMEA Research Lab expanding its presence in the European HPC ecosystem ...

GCS sponsors students from Technische Universität München for the Student Cluster Challenge at SC15 ...

Middleware

Moab scheduling tweak tightens Titan's workload ...

Adaptive Computing deploys Converged HPC, Cloud & Big Data for The Hospital for Sick Children & University Health Network's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre ...

Hardware

Rugged 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switch that brings high speed networking to 3U VPX systems introduced by Curtiss-Wright ...

Asetek receives order for largest server installation to date ...

Retrofitting Rhea cluster at OLCF ...

British Antarctic Survey navigates surge of scientific research and complex climate models with DDN hybrid flash storage appliance ...

United Nations Technology Bank recognises importance of GÉANT and research and education networks ...

KBC Group delivers customers powerful banking experience driven by IBM z13 mainframe ...

Nanoelectronics researchers employ Titan for an electrifying simulation speed-up ...

Gigabyte presents its new C230 series server & workstation motherboards ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab's Yelick lauded for advances in programmability of high-performance computing systems ...

Supercoiled DNA is far more dynamic than the 'Watson-Crick' double helix ...

Ace Computers to exhibit custom HPCs and supercomputers for the Oil and Gas industry at SEG Expo ...

27 million euro for Dutch expertise centre in data-intensive scientific research ...

The Cloud

EGI opens new training infrastructure ...

VMware advances industry leading hybrid Cloud management platform and accelerates unified services delivery across public and private Clouds ...