NASA Ames uses scaleable computer system from MegaDrive

Officials at the Numeric Aerodynamic Simulation Facility at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., needed an affordable scaleable disk-caching storage solution for their supercomputing and simulation systems. The 4.7-terabyte MegaDrive EV-1000 RAID System from MegaDrive Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., met their needs. RAID stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks.

Jan 1st, 1998
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NASA Ames uses scaleable computer system from MegaDrive

Officials at the Numeric Aerodynamic Simulation Facility at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., needed an affordable scaleable disk-caching storage solution for their supercomputing and simulation systems. The 4.7-terabyte MegaDrive EV-1000 RAID System from MegaDrive Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., met their needs. RAID stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks.

NASA engineers will attach the MegaDrive device to four servers that feed their Cray C90 and IBM SP2 supercomputers.

"The EV-1000 RAID System was exactly what we were looking for," says John Lekashman, manager of storage and networks at NASA. "Not only did MegaDrive meet our technical criteria, but they were also the most competitively priced as compared to alternative solutions we evaluated. Paying exorbitant overhead for mass storage isn`t high on our list, however getting the performance, reliability, and scaleability we need is."

The EV-1000 Fibre Channel and Ultra SCSI RAID Systems provide as much as 200 megabytes per second throughput (per system) while delivering continuous online availability. The EV-1000 features single-, or dual-active hardware RAID controllers, as well as power supplies, fans, and drive modules that technicians can replace while the system is running. All EV-1000 components are redundant and hot pluggable. - J.M.

For more information on the EV-1000 or on MegaDrive contact Nicole Blount by phone at 818-700-7694, by fax at 818-700-7601, by mail at MegaDrive Systems, Corporate Headquarters, 9201 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth, Calif., 91311, by e-mail at nblout@megadrive.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.megadrive.com.

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