In an effort to produce actionable intelligence fused from multiple sensors and digital media assets, The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) purchased an SGI solution that integrates an SGI Altix 450 server, an InfiniteStorage SAN and a real-time CXFS
environment into a very diverse heterogeneous compute and network environment -- all based on an open systems, high-speed InfiniBand LAN and WAN enabled architecture.
cuts time to solution by eliminating file duplication and the time it takes to move large files over networks.
Previously, large visual effects files created on Mac OS X, using highly popular software such as Final Cut Pro, Shake, Discreet combustion and Adobe Photoshop and After Effects had to be moved around a media facility, taking up to twice as much time as sharing the files using CXFS
The way out of this dilemma, according to SGI, is to create a hybrid NAS-SAN architecture that uses a clustered file system such as CXFS
that allows SAN connectivity as well as actual NAS-style file sharing, but across a much larger storage array and across a broad number of different platforms.
Technical computing customers with multiple operating systems will greatly benefit from the new 2Gb SAN coupled with the recently announced SGI CXFS
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Our Spectra T950 combined with SGI high performance systems and CXFS
shared file system software lets LaserPacific retrieve its digital intermediate data at amazing speeds," said Pavel Dvorak, an engineer for LaserPacific Media Corporation.
Malaysia Genome Institute needed a single, integrated computing platform that leverages the best of two distinct computing environments: a larger shared memory system for high performance computing, and a cluster-based system for high throughput computing, both supported by an SGI InfiniteStorage CXFS
SAN shared file system that provides uncompromised data sharing, improved workflow, and reduced costs for these data intensive environments," said Deepak Thakkar, higher education and research segment manager, SGI.
Together SGI's clustered file system, CXFS
and YottaYotta's Global Block Services offer a new standard in data grid service.
And by deploying CXFS
, NSMC scientists can share data instantly without having to move massive files across the network.
A separate SGI(R) Altix(R) 350 system is deployed as a metadata server for CXFS
, coordinating data access between heterogeneous CXFS
VAFB receives cost-savings benefits because SGI allows the connection of all major environments through CXFS
, thus limiting the amount of additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased.