​NetApp wins AU$2m supercomputer flash deal with NCI

NetApp, together with Fujitsu, recently installed a range of flash storage arrays in the National Computational Infrastructure's supercomputer, Raijin, boosting its total raw storage capacity to 44 petabytes.

NetApp recently completed the installation of a range of flash storage solutions as part of a AU$2 million contract signed with the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).

Under the contract, NetApp worked with Fujitsu, the collaborative partner of the NCI, to supply and install NetApp FAS, E-series, and EF all-flash storage arrays. It previously had a capacity of 11 petabytes, but has now taken storage capacity to 44 petabytes.

According to NCI director professor Lindsay Botten, the new infrastructure will mean higher speed at lower latency.

"As a result of constant growth in data holdings and scientific research projects that often generate and analyse petabytes of new data in very short time frames, we needed to design a new pod-based storage architecture that can scale seamlessly in predetermined blocks of capacity and throughput," he said.

According to Lindsay, the addition of the new arrays will enable the NCI to build systems to hold its national environmental research data collection. The data is expected to be accessible from the supercomputer and the cloud at a supposed speed of 100GBps.

NetApp ANZ systems engineering director Matt Hurford said the arrays that have been installed were only recently introduced to the market, and have been designed to provide speed for high-performance workloads. At the same time, he said it consumes a lot less power, and produces much less heat.

The NCI was funded by the Australian government's national research infrastructure strategy, and is home to one of Australia's fastest supercomputers, Raijin.

The Bureau of Meteorology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Geoscience Australia, and the Australian National University (ANU) are among a handful of scientific organisations that routinely perform data-intensive computations on Raijin.