• LAB LOWERS COSTS 30% USING
      CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE
      FOR SITE-WIDE STORAGE

NERSC

QUICK FACTS
Industry: National Laboratories

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC is one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research.

 

CHALLENGES

  • Broad and varied set of Big Data project requirements made it difficult to keep pace with the sheer volume and assortment of research data
  • Increasing difficulty accommodating temporary data file or “scratch” storage needs for in-progress experiments, simulations and analyses
  • Traditional distributed file system and storage architecture didn’t deliver the optimal balance of capacity and throughput required for an ever increasing mix of workloads
  • Constant need to move data around the data center took an inordinate amount of time and created an enormous amount of network traffic

SOLUTION

  • DDN Converged Infrastructure to build a site-wide file system using DDN’s SFA 12K-E™

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • NERSC was able to implement a site-wide storage system that met all its current and future needs at a cost that was 30 percent less than a local file system
  • By taking advantage of DDN’s centralized, embedded storage solution, NERSC saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure costs
  • By writing temporary project data to a central repository for further analysis, NERSC has slashed its “scratch” storage costs by more than 50 percent
  • The ability to support a wide variety of research projects, including both large and small experiments, simulations and analytics ensures that NERSC can remain at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • With DDN’s embedded storage solution, NERSC has eliminated the need for additional servers, cabling, network switches and adapters, which also reduced administrative overhead
  • The ability to optimize storage for a wide variety of projects enables NERSC to offer its community the most efficient and scalable storage resources possible
  • Balanced storage and faster application burst performance ensures that both high-bandwidth and highly transactional applications perform at optimum levels
  • DDN’s HPC technology leadership ensures that NERSC can meet both current and future storage demands
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