extreme data at CEA with Atos and Seagate


January 14, 2016

CEA Implements Seagate ClusterStor High Performance Storage

Seagate ClusterStor L300 chosen as the scratch storage tier for CEA DAM’s GS1K data management infrastructure

CUPERTINO, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has selected the Seagate ClusterStor™ L300 for its GS1K HPC storage needs.

In collaboration with Atos, CEA chose Seagate ClusterStor, a scale-out data storage and management platform, for its high-speed ability to derive maximum performance from every disk while reducing storage footprint – and ownership costs.

For Phase One of the GS1K infrastructure deployment, Seagate is providing a ClusterStor L300 system with 6-petabyte hard disk drive capacity and over 200GB/sec file system throughput.

“For GS1K, it is critical for CEA to select partners that understand the unique challenges of building solutions at the leading edge of supercomputing,” said Jacques-Charles Lafoucrière, department lead at CEA. “Seagate ClusterStor excels in performance and, over the past few years, ClusterStor has proven its stability in the most demanding HPC environments. Key environmental factors such as density and power requirements also weighed in favor of the ClusterStor solution.”

“All four of the new entrants of the world’s Top 10 supercomputers are powered by Seagate,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “CEA’s selection of Seagate for their two new main supercomputers further symbolizes our leadership in providing the highest performing, fully-engineered solutions for HPC.”

“The new Seagate L300 is one of the core elements of CEA’s current Global Storage 1000 (GS1K) storage platform, which will be further extended to handle the extreme data workloads of CEA’s forthcoming Tera 1000 machine,” says Eric Eppe, director of storage & data management product line, extreme computing, Atos. “This is a really exciting time for Atos. By the end of 2017, CEA’s newly installed Bull Sequana X1000 is expected to rank #1 in the European Top 500 and in the Top 10 worldwide, running some of its fastest file systems on Seagate’s L300.”

About CEA

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A key player in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in four main areas: defence and security, nuclear energy (fission and fusion), technological research for industry, and fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences. The CEA’s Military Applications Division (“DAM”) is responsible for defence and security missions. DAM is responsible for the design, manufacture, through-life support and dismantling of the nuclear warheads that equip France’s sea and airborne deterrence forces. It is also responsible for the design and manufacture of the nuclear reactors and reactor cores on French Navy submarines and aircraft carriers. It assists the Navy with in-service follow-up and through-life support for these reactors. DAM is in charge of procuring strategic nuclear materials required for the nation’s deterrence, and also contributes to national and global security through the technical support it provides to authorities relative to the prevention of nuclear proliferation and terrorism as well as to disarmament.

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