SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

October 04, 2012 10:00 ET

DataDirect Networks (DDN) SFA Technology Puts Automotive Research on the Fast Track at World-Renowned Data-Intensive Computing Center

High-Performance DDN Storage Cluster Powers Research With Industrial Partners Including Porsche AG and T-Systems at HLRS

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - DataDirect Networks (DDN™), the leader in massively scalable storage, today announced that High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), home to the world's 24th fastest supercomputer according to the recently released rankings, has selected DDN SFA™ storage technology to accelerate a wide range of research efforts including the groundbreaking work in its Automotive Simulation Center (ASCS).

Working closely with DDN to maximize the performance of data-intensive applications, HLRS has launched simulation and design partnerships with industry partners that include Ansys, Porsche AG and T-Systems, while also supporting pan-European computational simulation in climatology, physics, energy, and other areas of science and technology. HLRS is one of the leading centers in the European PRACE initiative and maintains a strong focus on mechanical simulation -- especially computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computer automated engineering (CAE) at massive scale.

"DDN has been a trusted partner for HLRS in building the fastest industrially used civil supercomputer in all of Europe," said Michael Resch, Director of the HLRS. "The scalability, performance, and efficiency of DDN SFA storage is helping HLRS expand its relationships with both the European research community and important corporate partners. We are pleased to continue to work with DDN in various areas of our research such as data research."

With over 3,500 compute nodes and over 100,000 compute cores, this new HLRS resource, Hermit, is capable of delivering a peak performance of more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second. The system, which was delivered by Cray, is configured with over 2.5PB of DDN SFA storage capacity to support HLRS' Lustre® file system and accelerate HLRS' Big Data applications.

"HLRS has long been at the forefront of advancing the commercial benefits of data-intensive computing for industrial manufacturing and Big Data computing," said Jeff Denworth, Vice President of Marketing, DDN. "Every day, HLRS enables its research and simulation partners to accelerate their data-intensive applications and drive higher levels of competitiveness. DDN is very proud to work again with HLRS and Cray. This landmark deployment stands as one of the world's most scalable research and development platforms."

More than 60% of the world's 100 fastest supercomputers as ranked by rely on DDN storage systems, and the company's SFA technology is a platform of choice for the world's most demanding deployments.

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About HLRS
The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart supports researchers and industry with leading-edge supercomputing technology. Compute services are supplied to industrial partners like Porsche and Daimler through the public-private partnership of hww GmbH. Collaborative research with the automotive industry goes through the Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart (ASCS). In European, national, and industrial projects HLRS conducts basic and applied research in HPC focusing on programming methods and applications.

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