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Storage Virtualization Software Breakthrough By IBM
Internal Tests "Shattered Performance Records"

"CERN has a long-standing collaborative relationship with IBM, and we are delighted that IBM is pushing the frontiers of data management in the context of CERN openlab," said Wolfgang von Ruden, Information Technology Department Leader at CERN and Head of the CERN openlab, as IBM and CERN yesterday announced that IBM's storage virtualization software has achieved breakthrough performance results in an internal data challenge at CERN.

"What we learned from these data challenges will surely influence our technological choices in the coming years, as we continue to deploy the global LHC Computing Grid," von Ruden added.

The data challenge was part of a test currently going on at CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research - to simulate the computing needs of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Computing Grid, the largest scientific computing grid in the world. The LHC is expected to produce massive amounts of data, 15 million gigabytes per year, once it is operational in 2007. The recent results represent a major milestone for CERN, who is testing cutting-edge data management solutions in the context of the CERN openlab, an industrial partnership.

Using IBM TotalStorage SAN File System storage virtualization software, the internal tests shattered performance records during a data challenge test by CERN by reading and writing data to disk at rates in excess of 1GB/second for a total I/O of over 1 petabyte (1 million gigabytes) in a 13-day period. This result shows that IBM's pioneering virtualization solution has the ability to manage the anticipated needs of what will be the most data-intensive experiment in the world. First tests of the integration of SAN File System with CERN's storage management system for the LHC experiments have already obtained excellent results.

In 2003, IBM started working with CERN openlab for Data Grid Applications to collaborate in testing solutions for a massive data-management system that could support this sort of grid environment.

"CERN's data challenges are the kind of man-on-the-moon project that can push IBM technology to the limit, so we can make sure that IBM TotalStorage SAN File System can satisfy our most demanding corporate clients for a long time to come," said Jens Tiedemann, General Manager, Storage Software, IBM

CERN openlab is a collaboration between CERN and leading industrial organizations, which aims to implement and test data-intensive Grid-computing technologies that will aid the LHC scientists. Because the same issues facing CERN are becoming increasingly important to the IT industry, the CERN openlab and its collaborators -- which also includes Enterasys, HP, Intel and Oracle -- are eager to explore new computing and data management solutions based on open standards in a cooperative framework. For example the recent data challenge relied on high-speed switching technology provided by Enterasys.

As part of the CERN openlab work, IBM has involved several leading storage management experts from IBM's Almaden Research Center in California, USA, and Zurich Research Lab in Switzerland in the work at CERN. In addition, through its Shared University Research (SUR) program, IBM supplied CERN with 28 terabytes of iSCSI disk storage, a cluster of six eServer xSeries systems running Linux and on-site engineering support and services by IBM Switzerland.

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