DataDirect Networks (DDN) Powers Industrial Innovation with NCSA Private Sector Program
Groundbreaking modeling and simulation projects are accelerated with award-winning DDN SFA storage; Rolls Royce, Boeing, GE among users
CHATSWORTH, CA — (June 27, 2012) — DataDirect Networks (DDN™), the leader in massively scalable storage, today announced that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has deployed 700 terabytes of high-performance DDN SFA™ storage as the backbone of iForge, an NCSA supercomputer which is dedicated to and purpose-built for industrial applications. Commercial partners leveraging the system include Boeing, Caterpillar, GE, John Deere, Procter and Gamble, and Rolls Royce.
“In a short time, iForge has enabled leading manufacturing enterprises to harness the power of Big Data and innovate across their product portfolios,” said Jeff Denworth, DDN Vice President of Marketing. “The innovation fostered by iForge will not only benefit society, it also is a springboard for economic advancement for leading manufacturing organizations within the US and abroad. We are pleased to be part of this important project.”
Deployed in 2011, iForge is a cornerstone of NCSA’s Private Sector Program, which has engaged with more than 1/3 of the Fortune 50 over the past 25 years. Program participants receive advanced technical consulting from leading HPC applications specialists and research faculty at the University of Illinois, who have helped to make NCSA one of the world’s best-known supercomputing centers.
“Private organizations everywhere have realized that supercomputing can fuel incredible innovation, but it is not economical for companies to build and maintain such expert resources at even modest scale in-house when they work on a project basis,” said Merle Giles, director of the NCSA Private Sector Program. “iForge combines expert human and machine resources to accelerate our commercial partners’ research, development, and deployment efforts.”
DDN has supplied NCSA with leading-edge storage technologies since 2002. The company recently announced its DDN SFA12K™ storage array was selected to build a system delivering 100GB/s of storage performance for archiving data on NCSA’s upcoming Blue Waters supercomputer, which when completed is expected to be one of the world’s most powerful and productive computing systems.
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DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world’s leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.
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