WA supercomputing gets $1m storage boost

Disparate storage now more centralized

Western Australia's Interactive Virtual Environment Centre (IVEC) for high-performance computing has invested one million dollars in a centralized storage solution to support the state's data growth for the next five years.

IVEC provides access to high-performance computation and visualization laboratories in a common use facility for WA's research, education, government, and industrial sectors.

IVEC commissioned a $1 million supercomputer just over two years ago and has now added $1 million worth of storage from Sun Microsystems.

IVEC partners and users hold various archives of many terabytes residing on a variety of media at a number of locations across Western Australia.

The centre's CEO, professor Andrew Rohl, said there were no facilities available to researchers, either in academia or government, for supporting the large data sets that are becoming increasingly common.

With the state government grant, IVEC has invested in a Sun StorageTek 6540 disk array, an L8500 tape library, storage management software, including Sun's storage archive manager (SAM), QFS file system software, and Sun Fire 4600 servers.

The new system runs the Solaris 10 operating system with the Zetta File System (ZFS).

"It was simple; we were looking for the best storage solution we could get for one million dollars," Rohl said. "We wanted a solution that was easily scalable for the next five to ten years."

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