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DDN to Build World's Fastest Storage System for Titan Supercomputer

Today DDN announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory has selected the company to build the “world’s fastest storage system” to power the #1 Titan supercomputer.

Using DDN’s SFA12K-40 storage systems as the backbone for Spider II, this new file storage system is designed with 40 petabytes of raw capacity and is capable of ingesting, storing, processing and distributing research data at unprecedented speed. This amount of storage capacity is equivalent to more than 227,000 miles of stacked books – or the distance from ORNL’s facility in Oak Ridge, TN to the moon – and enables ORNL to dramatically increase Titan’s computational efficiency and deliver vastly more accurate predictive models than ever before.

The DDN storage system will deliver over 1 Terabyte/sec in throughput to drive radical advances in science and Big Data analysis essential to DOE and Office of Science Missions.

When building the world’s fastest system for data intensive computing, we carefully considered all aspects of high-throughput I/O infrastructure and how efficient storage platforms can complement our supercomputer’s efficiency. The ORNL and DDN teams have worked together to architect a file system designed to enhance the performance of our Titan supercomputer and enable our users to achieve unprecedented simulations and big data insights through massively scalable computing.”

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