Supercomputing in Education: How Spectra Has Become the Standard for Storage in University Research Environments

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Universities looking to contribute to society and attract top-tier employees and students from around the globe have found that investing in research and innovation is key to maintaining and growing their competitive edge. Engaging in groundbreaking research, their onsite labs, computational clusters and storage networks can be comparable in performance and capacity to many institutional high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

University supercomputing environments can generate massive amounts of invaluable data from digital projects that must be stored and protected forever per extensive governmental security requirements.  These research institutions often handle a number of different user needs and navigate the data storage requirements of not only departments, researchers and grant projects across campus, but also external partners and industry collaborators.  Spectra has worked closely with numerous higher education organizations throughout the years, providing cost-effective data storage solutions that help them outperform short- and long-term goals. Find out what we’ve learned about performance, growth, and environmental needs in these educational environments below.

University of South Dakota Research Computing Group (USDRCG)

USDRCG operates two supercomputers that boast over 2,000 and 680 cores respectively. They leverage their cyberinfrastructure to advance discovery for the university’s academic community, as well as collaborators both nationally and internationally. USDRCG more than doubled their network’s capacity and achieved persistent access to large quantities of data across multiple stakeholders with a hybrid Spectra storage solution. Read about it here.

Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) at Vanderbilt University

ACCRE houses over 10,000 computational cores for research and 10PB of disk storage. The center processes data from over 50 departments and more than 850 researchers across campus, as well as complex scientific research from data-intensive external partners like CERN. ACCRE deployed a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System to store and archive research data with unsurpassed density and  direct end user access to archival storage. Continue reading here.

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)

MSI addresses the high-performance computing needs of research groups at the University of Minnesota. They facilitate university and industry collaboration in a number of fields, from advanced imaging, to next-generation sequencing data analysis, to the design of cutting-edge medical devices. To implement a large data archive system that would meet their research requirements, MSI chose a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System. Learn more here.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

KAUST, an international graduate research university located in Saudi Arabia, is home to the fastest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East. With one of the fastest growing research and citation records in the world, the university backs up over 20PB of scientific data. They selected a Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale tape library for scalability, affordability and the ability to automatically migrate data from disk to tape. Continue reading here.

University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

The University of Leeds’s research division is ranked 1st in the UK for the quantity of its world-leading research and 5th out of 44 departments in the UK for overall research quality in earth systems and environmental sciences. It’s School of Earth & Environment, one of the largest and most accomplished schools in the UK, uses a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® Verde® NAS Solution to store its research data, including complex scientific numerical models and visualization for the Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC). Read more here.

Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)

Scientists from all over the world travel to KIAS for collaborative research. KIAS needed a storage architecture capable of archiving up to 750PB of research data indefinitely, with a small footprint. They chose a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System because the solution provided an easy-to-use archiving system that was high capacity, high performance and energy efficient. Read about it here.

High-performance computing environments continually test the limits of technology and require peak performance from equipment – including storage. Spectra Logic builds some of the world’s largest storage systems. Learn more about Spectra HPC Solutions here.