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Seanodes Computing Solution In The Stars For NASA Astrophysics Group

Looking for multi-node storage capabilities, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center plans to implement revolutionary Exanodes solution
by Staff Writers
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 31, 2008
Seanodes has signed a deal with the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), at CalTech that will see the company's Exanodes software used as part of an upgraded enterprise network architecture designed to process and store massive amounts of spectroscopy and imaging data generated by the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF), a four year project established to perform nightly scans of the skies to capture any new, undiscovered objects.

IPAC, a multi-mission center of expertise for long-wavelength astrophysics, serves to carry out data-intensive processing tasks of vital importance to NASA's infrared and sub-millimeter astronomy programs by developing and maintaining systems, access/analysis tools and data archiving. For the Palomar Transient Factory project the group will process and extract images of up to 30 million objects captured each night.

The key to the system is the ability to process and deliver viewable images to researchers by the following day. Researchers estimate that the PTF will detect up to 42 billion records over the life of the project.

Needing high speed disk storage with total resiliency to meet the extremely data-intensive demands and large scale data growth of the project, IPAC sought out any improvements or advances to storage technology that could help it better manage the PTF data through its lifecycle.

Based on its ability to provide a very high performance storage platform that offers true catastrophic fault tolerance while eliminating complexity and third-party components, IPAC selected and is in the process of building out a multi-node Exanodes clustered solution from Seanodes for the PTF project to offer a seamless, performance-scalable architecture at a price point significantly less than a traditional single controller SATA RAID array.

"Seanodes is the most promising storage technology I've come across in years," said Eugean Hacopian, senior systems engineer at IPAC.

"I've found it to be a simple to deploy and manage architecture that is robust, highly resilient and very cost effective. To me it represents the foundation of a new era of storage architecture - one in which storage systems exist independent of physical hardware and are much faster, much more flexible and utterly fault tolerant.

"We are very excited about the independence and performance that the Seanodes approach will provide in deploying future upgrades and expanded data storage requirements."

"Data storage and analysis is the lifeblood of organizations such as IPAC," said Jacques Baldinger, CEO of Seanodes.

"Traditional storage solutions impose limiting factors that prevent organizations from maximizing their compute infrastructures. These limitations negatively impact performance, manageability, reliability and costs.

"Exanodes is truly a industry-changing approach that provides the option to leverage available space across existing multi-node server environments and utilize standard, off the shelf commoditized storage hardware to deliver ground-breaking benefits for even the most data-intense organizations."

Exanodes, the Seanodes software platform, allows HPC applications to marry unused disk space found in many server and storage clusters with existing or additional dedicated storage hardware to provide a powerful shared storage pool.

Exanodes abstracts the storage layer from the physical devices enabling users to select the hardware and connectivity options that best suit their environment, today and tomorrow.

As more and more HPC applications are limited by storage performance, user-friendly and non-intrusive Exanodes radically improves the global performance of computing infrastructures while delivering cost correct capacity expansion capabilities eliminating the need for traditional external RAID storage and its associated costs.

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