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Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks

29 Oct 2013 Santa Clara - To better address the variety, variability and velocity of Big Data generated by science research, experiments, simulations and analyses, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in the US has upgraded its "scratch" storage for temporary scientific data to a single site-wide system with four petabytes of storage built on DataDirect Networks (DDN) Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) high-performance storage engine.

As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, more than 5,000 scientists work on up to 700 projects encompassing a wide range of disciplines, including climate modelling, solar energy, fusion science, astrophysics, bio-informatics and more.

With scientific data growing rapidly, the organisation recognizes the importance of having centralized "scratch" storage architecture. By selecting a unified scratch file system, NERSC was able to build to the precise levels of performance and capacity required while optimizing the cost of configuration at every step.

This continues NERSC's strategy to move away from distributed storage "islands" in favour of "global" storage.

Furthermore, by embedding file systems in the storage controller, DDN's converged infrastructure approach enabled further optimization by removing latency and a significant number of network connections and servers. As a result, NERSC was able to meet performance and capacity requirements at 30 percent lower cost of storage than implementing local storage and file systems for each compute platform. Moreover, the facility saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure costs by eliminating the need for additional servers, cabling, network switches and adapters.

NERSC, along with other leading research facilities in the U.S., including the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a pioneer in adopting site-wide file systems to enable cost savings, faster application burst performance, work flow efficiencies and a much simpler approach to deploying HPC resources.

With DDN storage, NERSC now can ensure that both high-bandwidth and highly transactional applications perform at optimum levels as the total bandwidth of any one storage system is now the aggregate performance of all of the site-wide storage deployed.

DDN's in-storage processing capabilities, which embed the file system inside the controller, enable NERSC to achieve maximum performance for its compute investments while minimizing storage investment costs.

NERSC has also been able to achieve industry-leading performance of 80 GBps with the fewest number of systems, which also has resulted in reduced administrative overhead and lower data centre costs.

Additionally, the ability to write temporary data to a central repository for further analysis has enabled NERSC to reduce its local "scratch" storage costs by more than 50 percent.

Jason Hick, Group Leader, Storage Systems, NERSC, stated: "DataDirect Networks was early in the game to revolutionize consolidating file system servers with centralized storage, they have an advanced storage architecture. It was exciting to hear how DDN provides both virtualized server and high-availability storage resources in a consolidated platform. It was clear DDN is a technology leader that continues to push the envelope on the latest technologies of the day. It was an awesome experience to work with DDN's engineers and we are elated with the outcome. Both organisations are better for it as together we have deployed the right model and the right technology to support our user's needs."

Source: DataDirect Networks

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...