Cray Henry, director of the DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program, has written an article for Government Computer News detailing the current and future plans for the HPCMP’s data archive system. For those who don’t know, the HPCMP is a program tasked with providing computational and scientific support to over 4,000 scientists and engineers performing DoD-sponsored R&D. According to the article, the program expects to generate,each year, one-third the amount of data it was accumulated over its 15-year history. The HPCMP has begun to look at more efficient ways of managing all this data:
Meeting the next five years’ storage requirements will involve increasing the number of machines devoted to storage, improving mechanisms for predicting future storage needs, and possibly integrating algorithms into applications that allow users to catalog and define the storage period for new data.
During the next year, we will institute a number of strategies, such as a revised retention policy, reliance on the users to more proactively manage their data and an upgrade of storage systems, including new storage-density technologies.
For more info on what the HPCMP is doing to manage its data across the MSRCs and ADCs, read the full article here.