US DoE uses high performance storage in NERSC supercomputer

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LSI has revealed that 23 of its Engenio 7900 HPC storage systems will be installed at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) as part of a next-generation Cray supercomputing system.

NERSC will augment its facility and the existing 352 teraflop Cray XT4 system with a new Cray supercomputer. The first phase of the augmentation project, which is now undergoing early testing, incorporates a Cray XT5 supercomputer featuring 23 LSI Engenio HPC storage systems. The high-performance LSI storage will enable NERSC to store up to 2.7PB of scientific data with a sustained data transfer rate of 25GB/s. The full Cray supercomputing solution is expected to go into production in late 2010.

'With more than 3,000 researchers, NERSC’s workload stresses all aspects of the systems we deploy,' said NERSC director Kathy Yelick. 'As scientific computing capabilities continue to grow, it is critical that our supporting storage infrastructure provides the performance and data protection required to enable the next big scientific breakthrough.'

The LSI Engenio 7900 HPC system combines industry-leading bandwidth and flexible host connectivity, including InfiniBand and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel, with scalability up to 480 drives and advanced reliability features. The system is designed to provide HPC facilities with continuous high-speed data accessibility and protection across a wide range of HPC workloads.