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Provide researchers with a high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure that can scale while maintaining robust performance.

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Top-ranked public research university supports groundbreaking research and improves time to market for new discoveries.

The university’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) is a cooperative of faculty and technologists working to support, advance, and guide a campuswide collective of research and innovative scholarship using high-performance computing (HPC), data visualization, and analysis of large datasets.

IDRE’s primary goal is to make sure that UCLA’s HPC infrastructure is competitive with other world-class research universities, and one of its key directives is supporting the Hoffman2 Shared Research Cluster. IDRE provides storage capacity to researchers on demand, and as datasets grew larger, researchers began to notice slow performance when the cluster was heavily utilized.

To address researchers’ needs, Friedman and his team evaluated a variety of storage solutions for compute jobs running on Hoffman2 that require a high number of input/output operations per second (IOPS). They decided to deploy a dual-controller NetApp E-Series storage system connected by Fibre Channel to a two-node NetApp V6290 storage system with clustered Data ONTAP to provide a NAS gateway.

IDRE no longer needs to take storage offline for maintenance or spend valuable engineering time moving data around. Storage is available to the cluster 24/7, with consistent performance to accommodate high-I/O experiments in genomics and other data-intensive fields.

About this Customer

UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a top-ranked public research university with a mission to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge for the betterment of the global society. The university’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) is an arm of the UCLA Office of Information Technology dedicated to maintaining UCLA’s position as a world leader in research.

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