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IBM develops server, storage for Japan's KEK

Posted: 03 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer system? server? storage management?

IBM Corp. has agreed to create a server and storage solution for the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization of Japan, also called KEK. The company will develop the KEK Central Computer System that will integrate all the organization's data analytic systems, KEK stated.

Researchers will use the system to analyze data generated from experiments in elementary particle and atomic nuclear research as well as data from synchrotron radiation, neutron and muon studies. The system will also aid in theoretical calculations to develop new accelerators. It is expected to start operation in February 2012.

Until now, data gathered through experiments at the organization's high intensity proton accelerator facility, J-PARC, and at its collider accelerator, KEKB, were analyzed using separate systems installed at the respective facilities.

The KEK Central Computer System will consist of more than 370 highly scalable IBM iDataPlex systems that are capable of high-speed processing while consuming minimal power and space. The organization manages several petabytes of experiment data, but it estimates that the amount will balloon to more than 10Pb in the near future.

As a solution, IBM will develop a tiered storage environment that consists of the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), which provides high-speed processing, and the High Performance Storage System (HPSS), a scalable and hierarchical storage management system that provides data migration capabilities to tape, the company said. The GPFS disk will provide up to 7Pb of data capacity, while the HPSS features up to 16Pb of effective data capacity to accommodate future data increases.

As part of the organization's energy-saving measures, the KEK Central Computer System is expected to contribute to a 'visualization of energy.' Specifically, IBM will build a framework that combines its IBM Systems Director system management software and IBM Active Energy Manager to enable the organization to set energy consumption limits via threshold values and monitor that consumption.

In addition to the scientific work, the IBM system and storage solution will be used by domestic and international collaborative research institutions to share resources and data.

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