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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

DOE funds storage project

"It's beyond daunting," says Gary Grider, computer scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, of the challenge facing the new Petascale Data Storage Institute (PDSI). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to the PDSI to find ways to manage the torrent of data produced by next-generation supercomputers, modeling phenomena such as global weather and nuclear stockpile safety. "They'll require up to hundreds of thousands of magnetic hard disks to handle the data required to run these simulations," says Garth Gibson, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. But to get meaningful results, the supercomputers must run for months without downtime, says Grider. The PDSI is working with vendors to develop "self-star" systems--software-based techniques for automatically managing relationships between supercomputers and storage. "Think of computers fixing computers," says Gibson. --Jo Maitland

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    by  James Damoulakis

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.