What's Packed in Variola's Suitcase?
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Wed Mar 30 18:38:07 PST 2005
Interesting. Gives a lower limit to certain storage questions. Guess it's no
suprise IBM's SAN product handled things here, it's been field-tested after
GENEVA -- IBM and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research,
today announced that IBM's storage virtualization software has achieved
breakthrough performance results in an internal data challenge at CERN.
The data challenge was part of a test currently going on at CERN to simulate
the computing needs of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Computing Grid, the
largest scientific computing grid in the world. The LHC is expected to
produce massive amounts of data, 15 million gigabytes per year, once it is
operational in 2007. The recent results represent a major milestone for
CERN, who is testing cutting-edge data management solutions in the context
of the CERN openlab, an industrial partnership.
Using IBM TotalStorage SAN File System storage virtualization software, the
internal tests shattered performance records during a data challenge test by
CERN by reading and writing data to disk at rates in excess of 1GB/second
for a total I/O of over 1 petabyte (1 million gigabytes) in a 13-day period.
This result shows that IBM's pioneering virtualization solution has the
ability to manage the anticipated needs of what will be the most
data-intensive experiment in the world. First tests of the integration of
SAN File System with CERN's storage management system for the LHC
experiments have already obtained excellent results.
"CERN has a long-standing collaborative relationship with IBM, and we are
delighted that IBM is pushing the frontiers of data management in the
context of CERN openlab," said Wolfgang von R|den, Information Technology
Department Leader at CERN and Head of the CERN openlab. "What we learned
from these data challenges will surely influence our technological choices
in the coming years, as we continue to deploy the global LHC Computing
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