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DataDirect Networks (DDN) Groundbreaking Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) System Selected to Power Europe's Fastest Supercomputer

DDN's Leading Storage Platform Selected by LRZ to Support Computationally Intensive Research in Astrophysics, Seismology, Medicine (November 09, 2011)

CHATSWORTH,CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/11 -- DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world's largest privately-held information storage company, today announced that Munich-based Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) has selected DDN's next-generation Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) to power their new SuperMUC HPC system, a new supercomputer that will power many of the world's most advanced scientific research initiatives in astrophysics, seismology, medicine and other disciplines.

"In deploying a system of this scale, LRZ required the highest levels of scalability in performance, capacity and data protection to support the mission critical requirements of European scientific research communities," said Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode of LRZ. "DDN's advanced SFA technology will allow SuperMUC to scale to support up to 3 petaflop/s of computational capability and manage massive scientific datasets without the bottlenecks associated with conventional storage systems."

"Like hundreds of advanced computing environments all over the world that have selected DDN information management systems, LRZ will leverage our scalable infrastructure to enable true scientific insight," said Paul Bloch, President and cofounder, DDN. "We are honored to support the scientists who will use SuperMUC to simulate the evolution of the universe, model the propagation of earthquakes, study the properties of engineering systems, and perform other many other advanced research experiments."

The system was designed and implemented by IBM. The SuperMUC computing system is part of the Gauss Center for Supercomputing (GCS), and alliance of German supercomputer centers.


Over 50% of the top 100 supercomputers rely on DDN storage systems. The company's SFA technology is chosen for the industry's most extreme storage infrastructure projects.

Once complete, the DDN-powered LRZ supercomputer will include:

  • A multi-million dollar investment in DDN SFA Next Generation Storage
  • More than 15 petabytes (PB) of file system scalability
  • 200GB/s I/O bandwidth

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services, that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers, to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

For more information, go to www.ddn.com or call 1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298)

DDN and SFA are trademarks owned by DataDirect Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


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