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Seagate to Power CEA Supercomputing Data Management Infrastructure

seagateToday Seagate announced that the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has selected the Seagate ClusterStor L300 for its GS1K HPC storage needs. The Global Storage 1000 (GS1K) is the next-generation supercomputing data management infrastructure for CEA’s Military Applications Division.

For GS1K, it is critical for CEA to select partners that understand the unique challenges of building solutions at the leading edge of supercomputing,” said Jacques-Charles Lafoucrière, department lead at CEA. “Seagate ClusterStor excels in performance and, over the past few years, ClusterStor has proven its stability in the most demanding HPC environments. Key environmental factors such as density and power requirements also weighed in favor of the ClusterStor solution.”

In collaboration with Atos, CEA chose Seagate ClusterStor, a scale-out data storage and management platform, for its high-speed ability to derive maximum performance from every disk while reducing storage footprint – and ownership costs.

“All four of the new entrants of the world’s Top 10 supercomputers are powered by Seagate,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “CEA’s selection of Seagate for their two new main supercomputers further symbolizes our leadership in providing the highest performing, fully-engineered solutions for HPC.”

For Phase One of the GS1K infrastructure deployment, Seagate is providing a ClusterStor L300 system with 6-petabyte hard disk drive capacity and over 200GB/sec file system throughput.

The new Seagate L300 is one of the core elements of CEA’s current Global Storage 1000 (GS1K) storage platform, which will be further extended to handle the extreme data workloads of CEA’s forthcoming Tera 1000 machine,” says Eric Eppe, director of storage & data management product line, extreme computing, Atos. “This is a really exciting time for Atos. By the end of 2017, CEA’s newly installed Bull Sequana X1000 is expected to rank #1 in the European Top 500 and in the Top 10 worldwide, running some of its fastest file systems on Seagate’s L300.”

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