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NCSA Builds High-Performance Storage Solution Powered by DataDirect Networks

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LEIPZIG, Germany, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2014

News Facts

    --  By leveraging advanced computing to accelerate scientific discovery, the
        National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the
        University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has deployed an
        investment-based, centralized compute and storage environment - a
        "storage condo" - as part of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program,
        powered by DataDirect Networks (DDN) SFA® high-performance storage.
    --  As funding for mid-range research computing programs becomes more
        competitive, researchers are turning to centralized computing and
        storage systems to achieve economies of scale.
    --  In this type of approach, referred to as a "condo" model, principal
        investigators and faculty can use their own funding to procure compute
        and storage resources that fit in a shared infrastructure. The savings
        achieved from the consolidated purchasing, shared facilities and
        centralized administration of the condo model provide users much greater
        flexibility to focus on research projects as compared to building their
        own environment.
    --  Accordingly, 22 research teams at the University of Illinois have
        co-invested in the Illinois Campus Cluster Program's new condo-style
        campus cluster to support diverse research areas, including astronomy,
        physics, chemistry and engineering. Ever-increasing research interest
        across the University of Illinois campus likely will result in doubling
        capacity on the DDN(TM) platform to more than two petabytes of storage
        in the near future.
    --  With DDN technology, NCSA has optimized the Illinois Campus Cluster
        Program's storage for a varied mix of compute workloads and shortened
        project start-up times while achieving major economies of scale with
        centralized computing systems, data center facilities and support

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DDN Fortifies Condo Foundation with Industry-Leading Performance & Scalability

    --  With DDN SFA10K and SFA12K storage, NCSA successfully accommodates
        multiple generations of clusters in a single environment with one
        queuing system, and a single storage pool is visible and available to
        all nodes.
    --  DDN works seamlessly with NCSA's site-wide parallel file system to
        enable researchers to communicate and move data between clusters
        reliably and securely.
    --  The efficient capacity management and scalability of DDN storage gives
        NCSA the ability to evolve and expand storage resources quickly as more
        research groups buy into the condo model.

Supporting Quotes

According to John Towns, Director of Collaborative eScience Programs for NCSA:

    --  "By consolidating their buying power, research teams gain access to
        larger, more powerful resources than they could afford separately, which
        enables them to stretch their research dollars farther."
    --  "With our highly flexible DDN storage, we can handle whatever comes our
        way with confidence by meeting our investors' storage and compute
        requirements, while delivering major economies of scale."

Supporting Resources

    --  Read the NCSA Case Study
    --  Read the University of South Florida Case Study
    --  Follow DDN via Blog and Twitter

About DataDirect Networks

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