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SGI To Provide Massive Data Storage Capability For The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

FREMONT, Calif., April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced that iVEC and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have selected SGI to provide the massive data management infrastructure at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. The centre is part of the Australian Government Super Science Initiative to support the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio astronomy facility.

The Pawsey Centre will process huge volumes of data. The two largest generators of data are expected to be the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), Australia's largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed, and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project, which studies the signals from the dynamic radio sky as well as measurements of the Sun and heliospheric plasma. These initiatives will expand understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. It is anticipated that these two projects combined will generate eight petabytes of data each year, all of which will flow through the Pawsey Centre. When adding in data from other research areas, such as geothermal modelling and rock characterisation, iVEC forecasts supporting data volumes at approximately ten petabytes annually for the foreseeable future. To manage such volumes, CSIRO selected an SGI ® InfiniteStorage™ and SGI ® UV™ 2000 based solution to address the scale and cost-efficiency requirements for a project of this magnitude.

The SGI InfiniteStorage solution comprises disk storage systems and licences to support up to 100 petabytes of online storage that is virtualized across multiple performance tiers by SGI ® DMF™ software, with data ingest and workflow managed by SGI ® LiveArc™. The system's six petabytes of primary storage is virtualized to provide further flexibility and savings with an additional cache of SGI MAID, the company's energy-efficient zero-watt disk technology. This environment integrates with 40 petabytes of data tape libraries and provides expansion capabilities to support a seamless 100-petabyte hierarchical storage management (HSM) online environment.

Beyond big data management and storage, the SGI UV 2000 solution delivers both big data analysis and visualization capabilities. Working as a set of data-analysis engines to move and process huge amounts of data very quickly, the SGI UV 2000 can be incorporated into an array of different workflows to provide pre- and post- processing for a range of scientific applications. The versatility of the SGI UV 2000 allows the Pawsey Centre to deliver extremely powerful big data visualization capabilities, enabling its researchers to view and manipulate vast amounts of data in new ways. This new technology will allow the Pawsey scientists to visualize images in the order of four terabytes, an order of magnitude greater than the size of images previously available, which in turn provides a quicker path to results and interactions.

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