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Seagate rides on Cray's tails as supercomputer sales spike

Storage for weather-predicting, nuke-simulating, oil-chasing monsters proves lucrative

Seagate supercomputer storage sales are rising, as Cray has won four supercomputer deals where the Sonexion 2000 storage is actually OEM'd ClusterStor arrays from Seagate's acquired Xyratex business.

Seagate's overall business results may be lacking some lustre, but the Lustre-using ClusterStor side of its business is shining more brightly.

The four deals Seagate wants us to know about are:

  • US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  • Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  • Petroleum Geo-Services, a global marine geo-physical company headquartered in Norway and running a Cray XC40 supercomputer
  • UK’s Met Office (reported in November last year) with a 16 petaflop Cray XC40

Seagate tells us the ClusterStor arrays are operated by Lustre 2.5, with support for up to 16 billion files under a single file system, hierarchical storage management with data transfer between storage types and 1TB per sec performance.

The NNSA is using Sonexion/ClusterStor and Lustre 2.5 to "enhance the agency’s Trinity supercomputer, which runs the largest and most demanding simulations of the United States’ nuclear stockpile across all three of the NNSA’s national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory".

Other Sonexion 2000 users include the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the US Army Research Laboratory. ®

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