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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

PNNL is a Department of Energy national scientific user facility that collaborates with scientists from across the country to develop solutions for complex challenges in biological, energy and environmental science. Located in Richland, Washington, these scientists seek out PNNL’s expertise and specialized facilities and instrumentation. They come from academia, industry and other national labs representing all 50 states and nearly 30 countries.

 

CHALLENGES
  • Growing size and granularity of chemistry and climate models necessitated faster, more powerful compute and storage resources
  • Surge of unstructured data resulting from emerging DOE needs increased demand for highly available, massively scalable storage platform
  • In meeting needs for technology refresh, PNNL sought storage with industry-leading capacity, density and performance to accommodate footprint, power, cooling and TCO considerations

SOLUTION

  • DDN EXAScaler® file storage appliance powered by SFA12K®

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Rack-dense, energy-efficient solution helps minimize physical footprint and power consumption
  • More than 300 scientists can run multiple projects concurrently at full speed with no noticeable slow down from contention, speeding time to discovery.

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • DDN delivered the right blend of IOPS, bandwidth performance and efficient capacity management to help PNNL achieve its expanded mission
  • With storage from DDN, PNNL’s new Cascade system is 20 times faster than Chinook, and can do in hours what took days previously
  • PNNL leverages DDN’s robust performance to exceed its RFP requirement of 60GB/s for reads/writes to achieve peak performance of up to 75GB/s