CERN Evaluates Spectra Logic Tape Technology to Store Large Hadron Collider Research Data

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BOULDER, Colo.—November 21, 2011—Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, announced today that CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is evaluating  Spectra Logic tape library technology. Spectra® TSeries tape libraries were installed in CERN’s laboratory in July to store data copies from its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) multi-national scientific project. CERN will migrate LHC data from a Spectra® T380 tape library to a Spectra TFinity, using CERN’s Advanced STORage manager (CASTOR) for hierarchical storage management.

“With CERN’s vast volumes of data, we needed a solution that would provide scalability for growth while ensuring the integrity and accessibility of the data. We easily integrated Spectra’s TSeries tape libraries with our CASTOR HSM software, providing high density in a very small data center footprint,” said Vladimír Bahyl, tape service manager at CERN. “The Spectra TSeries tape library platform allows CERN to scale both hardware and software to make capacity upgrades quick, seamless and affordable as our data sets grow.”

The LHC is a gigantic particle accelerator used by physicists worldwide to examine the world’s tiniest atomic particles and the results of their collisions, recreate the Big Bang, and gather information about the Universe. CERN is the center for all LHC-related experiments, and it collects and stores around 25 petabytes of scientific data per year from numerous LHC experiments then redistributes it to multiple sites across several countries around the world.

“CERN’s many experiments produce research data that may be critical years down the line, so they store data indefinitely. The Spectra TSeries tape library platform isbacked by more than a decade of engineering innovation and designed to offer a cost-effective lifetime investment in storage,” said Matt Starr, chief technology officer at Spectra Logic. “The TFinity is a great choice for CERN’s scientific projects as it provides high density, scalability, capacity and availability as multiple physicists worldwide must access the stored research data today and far into the future.”

About CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20 Member States. Visit CERN’s Web site here.

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