UMich and UVic Utilizing SanDisk Products to Fuel Supercomputing Project

November 20, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. & NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 20 — SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that the University of Michigan and University of Victoria (CA) are utilizing SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory solutions to fuel their multi-site supercomputing project, which helps them dramatically reduce the server footprint needed to transmit enormous datasets. Working in conjunction with the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, teams of high-energy physicists at each university are using flash memory to push the limits of network technology, transferring approximately 170 petabyte datasets from the Large Hadron Collider to research centers around the world. By utilizing Fusion ioMemory solutions, the universities can accelerate access to data, allowing physicists to expedite the potential discovery of new particles and forces that will help explain the nature of the universe.

“SanDisk is thrilled to be working with the teams at the University of Michigan and University of Victoria to help fuel their success by providing fast, cost-effective and highly scalable flash solutions to increase data access,” said Sumit Sadana, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, SanDisk. “By utilizing flash technology, the researchers can cost effectively transfer massive amounts of data over long distances, ultimately enabling them to reach new discoveries faster.”

In 2015, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider—which discovered the Higgs boson in 2012—will start colliding elements at the highest energies ever achieved in a particle accelerator. With this in mind, the physicists at the Universities of Michigan and Victoria needed to create a data transfer architecture based upon a single server that was able to transfer figures across 100 computing centers around the world at 100-gigabit/second speeds. Working with Fusion ioMemory solutions, the teams were able to deploy a single server storage environment that delivered massive data transmissions, eliminating the need for a multi-server configuration, significantly reducing complexity, cost, and points-of-failure. The solution allows researchers to quickly access and analyze their data thereby speeding discoveries.

“The ATLAS and CMS supercomputing projects are very large international projects, each involving approximately 3,000 researchers and most of the world’s countries. These are long term projects—they started 20 years ago and will continue for another 20+ years,” said Randall Sobie, Institute of Particle Physics Research Scientist and Professor at University of Victoria. “My colleagues and I are proud and excited that we have now found a way to accelerate the discoveries made for each of these projects with the help of flash memory solutions from SanDisk. This is a prime example of how SanDisk helps customers meet their goals by enabling fast, reliable access to mission-critical data.”

At SuperComputing 2014, the team of physicists under the leadership of Professor H. Newman of Caltech, will leverage Fusion ioMemory solutions to transfer data over the wide-area network (WAN) located at the University of Victoria, to the WAN in the University of Michigan booth (#3569), via the Caltech booth (#3115).To experience these environments first hand, stop by their booths for a live demo. Additional information about Fusion ioMemory solutions can be found on the company’s website or enterprise blog.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

Source: SanDisk

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