Support more user demand for research computing services and accommodate ever-increasing supercomputing power that generates large amounts of data.



3X increase in aggregate transfer performance


Premier high-performance computing facility for scientific research prepares for the future of supercomputing.

No matter what type of research is conducted, scientists constantly generate a lot of data. Keeping up with user demand for storage capacity and performance is an ongoing challenge at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

The NERSC Global File System (NGF) provides common file systems for data that needs to be shared across projects for used on multiple systems. To support growing user demand, including a 3PB expansion for genomic research, NERSC decided to relocate several of these file systems to a new Computational Research & Theory (CRT) facility.

NERSC needed storage that could provide optimal efficiency, capacity, and performance for three tiers: the file systems, file system metadata, and the archive disk cache. The team selected NetApp EF550 all-flash arrays and E5560 storage systems.

NERSC is now better able to serve the demanding high-energy physics community, including researchers studying highly massive particles and those working to detect the existence of dark matter.

Over the next decade, the HPC community will make the transition from petascale to exascale computing, performing a billion billion (1018) calculations per second. NERSC plans to be ready.

About this Customer

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Since 1974, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has driven research forward, accelerating scientific discoveries with powerful supercomputers. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC is a premier high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. More than 6,000 scientists from universities, laboratories, and industry worldwide use NERSC to perform research across a range of disciplines.

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