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      PERFORMANCE, SCALABLE
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      NEXT-GEN GENOMICS SEQUENCING

USC

QUICK FACTS
Industry: Academic Research

The laboratory of Dr. James Knowles, at the University of Southern California’s Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine, is interested in understanding the genetic basis of behavior, cognition and affect. Established in 2003, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute is an integral part of a broader USC neuroscience initiative, promoting collaboration between researchers from diverse disciplines. It was designed to foster interaction among the best and brightest. Scientists at the Institute reach across boundaries to embrace methods and techniques from other fields of study, identifying new approaches to examine nervous system function, so we may all better understand the underlying causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

 

CHALLENGES

  • USC’s legacy SAN storage server lacked the performance to keep up with data access requirements and was also reaching its capacity limitations.

SOLUTION

  • A solution based on DDN’s Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA), running an imbedded image of DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system on the SFA10K-E.

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • By choosing a GRIDScaler appliance, every member of this group of diverse medical researchers has the use of high-performance storage, central management and a clear path to increase their data capacity

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • Supports a high performance parallel file system, and NFS, simultaneously.
  • GRIDScaler is a large, high-performance storage appliance with a shared architecture- capable of delivering in excess of 800 million IOPS continuously to the USC HPCC cluster.
  • GRIDScaler provides performance, economy and scale