SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

April 23, 2012 08:00 ET

DataDirect Networks (DDN) Selected to Support NCSA's Blue Waters Supercomputer

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - DataDirect Networks (DDN™), world leader in massively scalable storage, today announced that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has selected the DDN SFA™12K™ storage array to build an unparalleled system delivering 100GB/s of storage performance for archiving data on the upcoming Blue Waters supercomputing system. With a sustained performance of over 1 Petaflop on a range of real-world science and engineering applications, this system is expected to be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

"Since 2002, DDN has partnered with NCSA on world-leading supercomputing endeavors and has been associated with each of their major computing initiatives," said Alex Bouzari, CEO and cofounder, DDN. "We are pleased to once again work with NCSA and be part of the Blue Waters project, which will play a critical role in enabling breakthrough advancements in many fields of science."

NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer is designed by Cray as a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) system, and is built with more than 380,000 AMD processor cores and 25,000 compute nodes, and is designed with an integrated archive environment that is scalable to over 500 petabytes and 100GB/s of storage performance. To accelerate access to this massive storage environment, NCSA selected DDN SFA12K storage systems with InfiniBand™ connectivity to consolidate their archive infrastructure using only a small number of very high-speed DDN enterprise storage systems.

Selected as HPCWire's 2012 Storage Product of the Year (Editor's Choice), the SFA12K delivers the storage industry's highest single-platform performance and 1.4 Million Flash IOPS. With InifniBand and fibre channel connectivity options, the system is designed to easily scale file storage systems to 1TB/s and beyond with as little as 25 arrays.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

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