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NCSA Blue Waters Archive Project

Supported by the National Science Foundation, the state of Illinois and the University of Illinois, the Blue Waters project is designed to meet the compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and data-intensive needs of a wide range of scientists and engineers. Scientists use the Blue Waters supercomputer for a diverse set of applications from predicting the behavior of hurricanes and tornadoes, analyzing complex biological systems, studying the evolution of the universe and simulating complex engineered systems like the power distribution system in airplanes and automobiles.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) selected Spectra® T-Finity tape libraries to provide 100% of the near-line data storage for Blue Waters. The Blue Waters system is one of the world's largest active file repositories stored on tape media and will scale to a capacity of 380 raw petabytes (PB) within the first two years of operation.

The Spectra Logic T-Finity met our rigorous requirements with its high enterprise-level performance, ready data accessibility and massively scalable capacity.

—Bill Kramer, Deputy Director, Blue Waters Project

T-Finity provides the Blue Waters project with the ability to keep all near-line data accessible in an active repository, perform automated data integrity verification for the data store, and deliver high performance read/write rates of up to 2.2 PBs per hour utilizing enterprise TS1140 Technology tape drives.

NCSA initially deployed four, 19-frame T-Finity libraries to support Blue Waters' data archive needs in year one of operations. NCSA will then deploy two more 19-frame T-Finity tape libraries in year two of operations.

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Listen to Michelle Butler from NCSA and Molly Rector from Spectra Logic, discuss the massive tape storage system that is being deployed to support the 10 Petaflop Blue Waters supercomputer.

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