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4,500 TB on CERN data grid

I missed this when it happened last week, and in case you did too, the Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (Germany) just agreed to install a 4,500 terabyte storage solution from NEC. According to the release

NEC has already installed 500 terabytes in disk arrays (SATA and SCSI) with 28 dual 4 Gbit/s fibre channel controllers and 45 dual Opteron servers. The memory will have been upgraded to 4,500 terabytes by 2008. Bottlenecks in the 1 Gbit/s network will be eliminated by connecting part of the server to a 10 Gbit/s network from 2007 onwards.

…As a result, the centre now has the capacity to store huge volumes of measured experimental data from the world’s largest particle accelerator, the CERN nuclear research organisation’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is scheduled to start up this year.

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