U.S. Department of Energy Selects NetApp as the Storage Foundation for One of the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers
SYDNEY, Australia - September 29,
2011 - Individuals, federal agencies, and enterprises are
producing data at massive scale and unprecedented velocity. The
demand to consume, store, and analyse this information is driving
innovations and opportunities for organisations that are looking to
harness intelligence in the big-data economy. NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP)
is working closely with leaders across all sectors to unlock new
insights that will change the way organisations manage and use
data. NetApp today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy
(DoE) has selected the company to provide the storage foundation
for its Sequoia supercomputer.
Sequoia, which will be deployed in 2012 at
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore,
California, is expected to be one of the world's most powerful
supercomputers, managing massive compute workloads where real-time
analytics, scalable performance, and secure storage are mission
LLNL is a DoE/National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) laboratory with a primary mission of ensuring
the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's aging nuclear
deterrent without underground testing. Other missions that leverage
the lab's high-performance computing capabilities include
nonproliferation, counterterrorism, energy security, and
understanding climate change.
Sequoia will be used for a variety of
scientific and engineering applications that require the most
advanced and innovative high-performance computing capabilities.
Calculations will primarily focus on LLNL's nuclear security
mission, as well as on other national security challenges. Sequoia
is expected to be twice as fast as today's most powerful system and
will have a peak speed of twenty thousand trillion arithmetic
operations per second. As a point of comparison, if every one of
the 6.7 billion people on earth had a hand calculator and worked
together on a calculation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it would
take 320 years to accomplish what Sequoia will be able to do in one
"Sequoia's supercomputing capabilities will
provide LLNL with the ability to assess the accuracy of various
nuclear weapons simulations. The simulations are fundamental to
ensuring the viability of the nation's nuclear weapons program
without having to actively test them and also provide valuable
insight into the underpinning science," said Michel McCoy, program
director of LLNL's Advanced Simulation and Computing program.
"Because of the system's extraordinary capabilities, we need a
storage infrastructure that will deliver the extreme performance,
scalability, and reliability that are optimal for the taxing
applications that we run."
To store and manage all of this critical
data, LLNL will leverage a solution built on 55PB of NetApp®
E-Series storage that will provide over 1TB/sec to the Lustre file
"The Sequoia system will enable LLNL to open
up new doors for scientific discovery and exploration," said
Addison Snell, CEO, Intersect360 Research. "The NetApp E-Series
storage platform will play a vital role in Sequoia's ability to
process, manage, and store the immense amount of data and
information required for its various workloads."
"More and more organisations in the federal
sector are taking advantage of the immense computing power that big
data technology provides, and LLNL is a great example of that,"
said Mark Weber, president of U.S. Public Sector, NetApp. "NetApp
is working closely with organisations like LLNL throughout the U.S.
government to provide the innovative storage solutions required
today to solve the challenges of tomorrow. We are honored to
provide LLNL the storage foundation for what will be one of the
world's most impressive supercomputers."
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