CEA Deploys World’s Fastest HPC File System with DataDirect Networks

DDN SFA10000 System to Serve As High Performance Backbone for Revolutionary Science; Shatters World Performance Record Previously Set By DataDirect Networks; Continued Partnership with Bull and CEA to Support Petaflop-Scale Supercomputer

CHATSWORTH, CA — (June 2, 2010) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), Inc.,the leading data infrastructure provider for the world’s most scalable, content-intensive enterprises, today announced that the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA: Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), a leader in worldwide high performance computing (HPC), will utilize DDN’s new Storage Fusion Architecture as the high-speed file storage foundation for its new Tera-100 supercomputer developed in partnership with Bull. To support the requirements of the Tera-100 system, the most powerful system ever designed and developed in Europe, CEA and Bull have selected DDN’s new SFA10000 system to power the world’s fastest POSIX file system and deliver over 300GB/s of single file system performance.

This landmark announcement represents a continuation of the partnership between DDN, CEA and Bull which was formed in 2005 from the deployment of a leadership-class storage system for the CEA Tera-10 machine. At over 100GB/s of Lustre File System performance, the Tera-10 storage cluster shattered all conventional storage performance records at the time and was the first of many scalable DDN storage systems deployed by Bull to various divisions within the CEA. Since that time, DDN technology has received worldwide acceptance as the trusted platform for scalable high performance computing — today delivering more bandwidth to the ranked listing of supercomputers than all other storage technologies combined.

At 300GB/s, the SFA10000-based Tera-100 storage system today earns the prestigious designation as the world’s fastest HPC storage system; a record previously held by the US Department of Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and also achieved using DDN HPC-optimized storage technology. By the end of the year DDN will have deployed three Lustre File Systems with over 240GB/sec performance based on an array of implementations thus showing the scalability and flexibility of our technology.

“CEA required a focused partner who understands the unique challenges of being at the forefront of building petascale storage systems,” said Jacques-Charles Lafoucrière, High Performance Systems Division Leader at CEA. “To achieve the landmark performance that our Tera-100 system requires, CEA and Bull selected DataDirect Networks and their Storage Fusion Architecture. DDN, Bull and CEA have enjoyed a long and rich partnership focused on furthering HPC storage and state-of-the-art computing. More than just a general-purpose IT storage company, DDN continually demonstrates an acute understanding of what is required to achieve success.”

The SFA10000 is a revolutionary new architecture from DDN, designed from the ground-up to address the evolving data storage requirements of multi-core, scalable computation. The system may deliver over an unrivaled 12 GB/sec of read and write performance and over one million IOPS to handle any workload. With 60GB/s of fully-balanced, non-blocking internal bandwidth and the ability to manage up to 1,200 storage devices (HDD/SSD), the SFA10000 is three times more scalable than competing systems and optimized for online and nearline storage environments. HPC-optimized features include native file and application hosting, an active/active redundant design, high-speed mirrored cache, intelligent performance optimization, SATAssure data protection, fully-RAIDed enclosures and 8GB Fibre Channel and 40GB InfiniBand host-port options.

In recognition of this truly innovative design, HPCwire recently awarded DataDirect Networks with the 2009 Editor’s Choice Award for the Best HPC Storage Product.

“This announcement is a validation of DDN’s focus on petascale storage which we announced to the HPC industry in 2006,” said Alex Bouzari, Co-Founder and CEO of DataDirect Networks. “Without the distractions of general purpose IT storage business, DDN is the only open-platform storage company principally focused on enabling the computational scientist. DDN is pleased to partner again with CEA and Bull to continue to push the boundaries of petascale I/O and the science which will benefit from these new capabilities.”

Fabio Gallo, Vice-President, Extreme Computing Solutions, Bull said: “We are pleased with DDN’s Storage Fusion Architecture and the balanced levels of performance which is ideally matched to the requirements of the bullx HPC cluster technology. Our partnership with DDN and CEA on the Tera-100 initiative will enable new insight into nuclear physics.”

About CEA

The CEA is the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives : To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future.

About Bull

Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping Corporations and Public Sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and the financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related business processes. Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain.