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Los Alamos and Seagate Form CRADA for Supercomputer Data Archiving

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Seagate Technology recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to research a new storage tier to allow massive data archiving for supercomputing. This joint effort will create new, innovative software solutions to keep massive amounts of stored data available for rapid access, as well as manage power consumption and improve the quality of data-driven research.

The research from this CRADA will benefit organizations that are currently juggling increasingly massive amounts of data using very little additional energy.

“We see huge opportunities to bring power-aware cold storage to the market as organizations—including and beyond the Department of Energy—seek new ways to address data storage in resourceful ways,” said Gary Grider, division leader of high-performance computing (HPC) at LANL.

Most organizations that use HPC systems must migrate their data from fast parallel-file systems to slower, more cost-efficient, “cold” storage technologies. Unfortunately, this approach proves problematic for agencies or businesses that need ready access to their research data because that data tends to reside on static media, which is slow to access and could jeopardize the quality of research—especially when real-time analysis is critical.

This new CRADA will leverage the technology Seagate uses for its recently released ClusterStor® A200 system. This system offers a more cost- and time-effective way to nondisruptively migrate data off of expensive primary storage tiers while allowing the data to remain online for rapid retrieval.

LANL and Seagate plan to collaborate on several other projects to enhance, develop, and deploy cutting-edge solutions for other challenging HPC storage problems. The two partners have a longstanding relationship, with Seagate providing storage for LANL’s Trinity supercomputer. Trinity, which will soon conduct simulations crucial for national security, relies on the Cray Sonexion 2000 system Powered by Seagate for its scale-out storage capabilities.

“Los Alamos is pushing the frontier of high-performance computing, building systems to solve the most complex technical problems,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “This new collaboration will allow us to explore advanced data archiving methods at the mission-critical government level, which could then influence big data in broader enterprise applications as well.”

LANL and Seagate’s collaborative research program could result in other products that meet deep-archiving storage needs for industries such as cloud providers, weather modeling, financial services, life sciences, and media and entertainment.

“Seagate’s collaboration with Los Alamos exemplifies the technology innovations we are helping drive through unique federal partnerships—particularly in the national laboratory and intelligence communities,” said Deb Oliver, president, Seagate government solutions. “Federal agencies are on the frontlines of today’s data management challenges, and partnerships like this will help us excel in engineering new systems that not only meet their stringent demands, but can then be put to broader use as well.”

To learn more about Seagate technology, visit www.seagate.com.

To learn more about Los Alamos National Laboratory and the research and development conducted every day, visit www.lanl.gov.

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