New home for Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider data at Brookhaven

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Storage vendor BlueArc announced today that Brookhaven National Lab has picked up some of their gear

…Brookhaven National Lab (Brookhaven), a multi-program laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy, has deployed a BlueArc Titan 2200 cluster with nearly 300 terabytes of storage. The BlueArc Titan system serves as a massively scalable and reliable foundation for the fastest available access to data resulting from research today-and in the future.

What’s it for?

Approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff and another 4,000 or more guest researchers per year depend on data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Computing Facility (RHIC) that Brookhaven operates at its U.S. facility. Brookhaven also has a major role in international projects such as the ambitious Large Hadron Collider (LHC) under construction by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the world’s premier particle physics research lab. Data from RHIC experiments is proliferating at an astounding rate, and [Robert Petkus, BNL] anticipates that by 2012, Brookhaven will have more than 4,000 nodes on its storage area network. With so many users and many means of accessing data, Petkus sought a unified storage environment and a single vendor to help him retain control over the implementation.

Brookhaven has deployed a two-node BlueArc Titan 2200 cluster with six-gigabit connections trunked together and 288 terabytes of Fibre Channel disk capacity.