EMSL Lab adds 2.7 Petabytes of DDN Storage

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emslOver at SearchStorage, Garry Kranz writes that the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory has upgraded its Cascade supercomputer with DDN storage to power data-intensive research. Using the SFA1K storage system, EMSL increased to 2.7 Petabytes of usable capacity.

As we try to grow our supercomputing abilities, we produce more and more data, driving the need for additional storage,” said Gary Skouson, a senior high-performance computing (HPC) engineer at EMSL. “In addition, we are beginning to get more work on climate science, which has large data needs.”

The SFA12K-40 array can scale to 1,680 drives in two racks, including a mix of SSDs and SATA/SAS hard drives. However, EMSL uses only fixed disk in its HPC environment.

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In related news, several talks from the recent DDN User Group are now posted.