November 16, 2010
Leading particle physics organization validates aggregate speeds up to 7 GB/second
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 16 -- SC10 -- Quantum Corp., the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, announced today that its StorNext File System software scaled more than 100 percent above performance requirements set by CERN, the European organization for nuclear research. StorNext data management software is used to provide high-performance data access and sharing in a scale-out cluster environment at ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment), located within CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. In preparation for the first lead-ion beam at CERN's LHC, the ALICE data acquisition system reached speeds up to 4.5 GB/s write and 2.5 GB/s read -- or an aggregate of 7 GB/s load on the File System. Typical experiment data speeds peak at 3 GB/s.
Collecting data from collisions among billions of particles requires not only a reliable and scalable IT infrastructure but also an efficient and effective way to record and analyze the billions of bits of data generated every second. The ALICE project, one of the largest experiments in the world devoted to recounting the birth of matter, involves 1,000 physicists, engineers and technicians from 30 countries, resulting in unprecedented demands for data acquisition, selection, transfer, storage and handling. ALICE is one of three LHC experiments that are now recording data from lead-ion collisions to simulate a "mini Big Bang" environment.
Information on StorNext and the benefits it provides for the high-performance computing (HPC) environment will be available at Quantum partner booth #4013 with RAID Incorporated and booth #4724 with PCPC at Supercomputing 2010 from November 13-19 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
Additional information on StorNext software can be found at www.quantum.com/stornext.
More information about CERN's November 8 announcement regarding the lead-ion experiment can be found at http://press.web.cern.ch/press/PressReleases/Releases2010/PR21.10E.html.
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) is the leading global specialist in backup, recovery, and archive. From small businesses to multinational enterprises, more than 50,000 customers trust Quantum to solve their data protection, retention and management challenges. Quantum's best-of-breed, open systems solutions provide significant storage efficiencies and cost savings while minimizing risk and protecting prior investments. They include three market-leading, highly scalable platforms: DXi-Series disk-based deduplication and replication systems for fast backup and restore, Scalar tape automation products for disaster recovery and long-term data retention, and StorNext data management software for high-performance file sharing and archiving. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95110, 408-944-4000, www.quantum.com.
Source: Quantum Corp.
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