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Argonne National Laboratory Selects DDN's Storage Fusion Architecture for Its Groundbreaking 10 Petaflop/s Open-Science Supercomputer (November 09, 2011)

CHATSWORTH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/11 -- DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world's largest privately held information storage company, today announced that Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory, has selected DDN's award-winning Storage Fusion Architecture™ (SFA) storage technology to support its IBM Blue Gene/Q™ system, Mira, a leadership-class supercomputer in support of open science.

"Computation and supercomputing allow us to address some of the nation's most challenging scientific problems. This mission-critical research can only be achieved through large-scale computational simulation and Big Data scalability," said Susan Coghlan, Deputy Division Director at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. "To achieve our scientific mission, our systems must be designed for the highest levels of performance and scalability."

Deploying during 2012, Mira will be capable of delivering a peak performance of 10 Petaflop/s, and will be powered by 35 petabytes of SFA12K™ storage technology and its In-Storage Processing™ technology.

"DDN's supercomputing customers are at the forefront of data creation and processing, and are tackling scalability challenges in advance of the broader computing and enterprise markets," said Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology at DDN. "We deeply value our partnerships with Argonne and IBM, and will work towards delivering the thousand-fold scalability needed to conquer tomorrow's grand challenge scientific endeavors."


For the past six years, DDN has worked with IBM, Argonne, and other DOE customers on efforts aimed at enabling productive data-intensive computing at massive scale. These efforts have resulted in several new DDN technologies, including:

  • In-Storage Processing: Leveraging in-storage computational resources and a highly optimized server virtualization engine, the SFA eliminates the need for parallel file system gateways, eliminates the need for storage area networking, and lowers data access latency.
  • Storage Fusion Fabric™: The SFA is designed with an internal, non-blocking SAS fabric that operates 300% faster than what is required to sustain external network bandwidth. This performance over-provisioning allows systems to protect and ensure correct data in real-time, handle system failure correction, and exploit next-generation Flash technology, while also delivering maximum performance benefit and the highest sustained performance.
  • Storage Fusion API™: DDN's scriptable API for simplified, automated SFA systems administration and monitoring.

About the SFA12K
DDN's SFA12K series of Big Data appliances are the world's fastest big data storage systems and are designed specifically to resolve the challenges associated with capturing, processing and distributing data at hyperscale proportions.

The SFA12K series includes the SFA12K-E, a 20GB/s parallel file storage appliance featuring In-Storage Processing which enables organizations to embed scale-out file system services and data-intensive applications; the SFA12K-20, a scale-up storage platform which is capable of operating at 20GB/s and delivering over 850K sustained Flash IOPS; and the SFA12K-40, the fastest system in the portfolio and is capable of operating at 40GB/s and delivering over 1.7 million sustained Flash IOPS.

Additional Information:
Please visit www.ddn.com/products/sfa12k

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, SFA, SFA 12K, Storage Fusion Fabric, SATAssure, StorageScaler, and In-Storage Processing are trademarks owned by DataDirect Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


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