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Storage options for petabytes of data
Author(s): Lisa Paton; Jonathan Cirtain; Paul Grant
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Paper Abstract

New instrumentation that produces extremely large quantities of data presents a challenge in data processing and management. The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will house instruments that will produce 1.4TB of data per day. Processing and storing that quantity of data is a serious challenge. The instrument team for the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) that will fly on SDO spent the last 2 weeks in September doing a large-scale side-by-side comparison of archive equipment from Apple, BlueArc, EMC, Network Appliance, SGI and Sun Microsystems. Each vendor provided 100TB of SATA disk space and the required servers to showcase their unique solutions to the problem of petabyte sized archives. The results of the testing demonstrate some of the options available in this arena. We will discuss the results of the testing, the differences and similarities between the vendors and the applicability of the technologies to various environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70192Z (21 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789763
Show Author Affiliations
Lisa Paton, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jonathan Cirtain, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul Grant, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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