Seagate HPC storage to power four Cray customers

Seagate Technology said four Cray customers will be among the first to implement its latest high performance computing storage technology.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Petroleum Geo-Services, and the U.K.’s Met Office are the four Cray customers. These 4 customers in the government, weather, oil and gas, and university sectors will consume more than 120 petabytes of storage capacity.

“The Cray-Seagate partnership is helping expand the boundaries of what’s possible in large-scale, data-intensive computing, far beyond what we could have imagined just 10 years ago,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of marketing and business development.

These 4 customers are using the Cray Sonexion 2000 system.

The system integrates all aspects of hardware, software and support for the latest 2.5 version of the Lustre parallel file system.

Key benefits of Lustre 2.5 include client metadata performance improvement of up to 700 percent, as well as support for up to 16 billion files under a single file system. Lustre 2.5 also enables hierarchical storage management for easy data transfer between storage types and 1TB/sec performance.

Ken Claffey, vice president of ClusterStor, Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions, said: “Our software releases incorporates enhancements like Lustre 2.5 and a range of new system management capabilities to complement and enhance our hardware storage solutions.”


Lustre 2.5 will enhance NNSA’s Trinity supercomputer, which runs the most demanding simulations of the United States’ nuclear stockpile across all three of the NNSA’s national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Petroleum Geo-Services, a marine geophysical company, will use the new Cray XC40 supercomputer and Sonexion storage system.

KAUST, a public research university based in Saudi Arabia, uses the new system as part of its high performance computing and computational research aimed at solving the world’s biggest water, food, energy and environmental challenges.

United Kingdom’s Met Office relies on supercomputers to gather and process data for its weather and climate forecasts. The Cray Sonexion 2000 system, Powered by Seagate, provides the storage necessary for the Met Office’s operational weather prediction and climate research, which spans 60 locations and includes more than 10 million daily weather observations used to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings.

Baburajan K
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