DDN kits out University of Texas computer centre

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas in Austin is using DataDirect Networks (DDN) to deploy a high-speed global parallel file storage system accessible to all its resources and visualisation systems. The system will scale up and be easily expandable in the coming years, says TACC.

Since its founding in 2001, TACC has grown rapidly by enabling discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. With this growth, TACC has seen its data explode by more than 40 per cent year-on-year.

Now with TACC’s latest petascale HPC system in production, Stampede, and more new systems coming in 2013, the centre needed a high-performance storage solution that could connect all of TACC’s computing and visualisation systems and scale to meet research demands in the future. After a competitive review, TACC selected DDN for its price-performance and ability to scale the system 5 times beyond the initial purchased configuration.

TACC has been able to significantly decrease power, energy usage and costs, while dramatically increasing its storage capacity as compared with its previous parallel file storage system.

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