Seagate says the three-year partnership to better manage and store the 100 petabytes of data the Large Hadron Collider has generated to date, as well as the additional 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis in its quest to further “humanity’s understanding of the universe”.
“CERN creates a truly astonishing amount of data on a daily basis, and finding secure and efficient ways to store that information is one of the most important challenges we face,” said Alberto Di Meglio, Head of CERN openlab.
“We are excited to collaborate with Seagate on understanding how the Kinetic storage architecture could potentially contribute to the CERN infrastructure and aid the very demanding LHC program, by reducing complexity and operational costs in our storage systems.”
“This is a thrilling opportunity for Seagate to collaborate with CERN to more efficiently operate one of the most extreme and demanding storage environments in the world,” said Horn
“We believe our partnership will not only deliver extensive benefits to CERN’s large-scale storage system, but also help us further enhance the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform by testing it in an unparalleled data creation environment.”
Horn said a second, future research project between Seagate and CERN will look at CERN’s EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.
CERN openlab - now entering its fifth three-year phase - is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies, with a mission to accelerate the development of innovative new solutions to be used by the worldwide LHC community, and to provide companies with a framework to test and validate cutting-edge information technologies and services in partnership with it.