LRZ Supercomputer Backs Up Big Data with IBM Tape System

Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:00am EST

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Leibniz Supercomputing Centre's famed SuperMUC supercomputer gets innovative
storage infrastructure to back up and archive up to 16.5 petabytes of scientific
ARMONK, N.Y.  and GARCHING and  STUTTGART-EHNINGEN,  Germany,  Dec. 20, 2012 
/PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:  IBM) announced today that the Leibniz Supercomputing
Centre (LRZ) has implemented an innovative IBM tape storage system to provide up
to 16.5 petabytes of scientific data archiving and backup for the center's
SuperMUC supercomputer. A petabyte is roughly the equivalent of all the content
in the U.S. Library of Congress - times 100.  

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Designed by IBM in 2010 for the LRZ of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the
SuperMUC combines 155,000 general purpose core processors with 320 terabytes of
main memory to help scientists from across  Europe  study all fields of science,
from the simulation of the evolution of the universe under the influence of dark
matter, to the propagation of earthquakes, and much more. Unique to the design,
is the SuperMUC's innovative "High Temperature Liquid Cooling" system that uses
hot water to cool the system processors rather than compressed air and fans. As
a result, the multicore computer consumes 40 percent less energy than the LRZ's
previous supercomputers, dramatically reducing the organization's energy costs. 

In addition to the innovative processing and cooling, the SuperMUC features 12
petabytes of permanent disk storage. To provide archiving and backup storage for
the center's primary and secondary scientific data, IBM teamed with Business
Partner SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH, to create a high-capacity,
highly-scalable storage system that consists of computers, disk systems and two
massive tape libraries in a storage area network.

"What we needed was a system that could store the data streams of one of the
fastest computers in  Europe, using standard components to keep costs low," said
 Werner Baur, director of the Storage Group at LRZ. "It had to be scalable so
that it is able to keep up with the development stages of the SuperMUC and it
had to be able to integrate with our IT environment. That's exactly what we've

High-performance solution with flexible components

The intelligent archiving solution consists of two highly scalable IBM System
Storage TS3500 Tape Library systems equipped with 22 LTO 5 drives and 11,000
tape cartridges. All told, the solution has a storage capacity of 16.5 petabytes
and is scalable to 40 petabytes.  

An IBM System x3850 acts as the archive server and is responsible for the
management of metadata, the control of the mass storage device, and the control
of the data flow. To ensure fast access to archived data, IBM System Storage
DS3500 and IBM Storwize V7000 systems are used as high capacity disks, along
with 6 terabytes of solid state drive (SSD) memory.

"The project at LRZ achieves the tremendous possibilities of IBM Storage
technology for a challenging IT environment," said IBM Storage Manager,  Michael
Achtelik. "Through its expandability, the system also provides a long-term

About the LRZ

The LRZ is a joint data center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of  Munich,
the Technical University of  Munich  and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and is
one of the biggest supercomputing centers in  Europe. It operates
high-performance computing systems for all Bavarian universities and a federal
high performance computer, which is available for scientific research at German
universities. LRZ provides more than 100,000 users at the universities of 
Munich  and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and operates with general IT
services. It runs an extensive communication infrastructure with disk and
automated magnetic tape storage for backing up large amounts of data. Since 
July 2012, it is also the home of the supercomputer SuperMUC, currently one of
the fastest computers in  Europe. SuperMUC is an IBM System x iDataPlex with a
total of more than 155,000 cores. It is distinguished by the fact that it is
being cooled with hot water. This cooling concept was developed by IBM and is
being used on a large scale the first time with SuperMUC.

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