Joint Genome Institute Fuels Clean Energy Pursuits With Isilon Scale-out NAS

U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute Deploys Isilon IQ to Power Bioenergy Research, Reducing Storage Management

Jun 02, 2010, 08:00 ET from Isilon Systems

SEATTLE, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isilon® Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN) today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has deployed more than two petabytes (PB) of Isilon scale-out NAS to power a wide range of genomic research initiatives into clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Leveraging Isilon's X-Series, featuring its OneFS® operating system, JGI has unified 25 genome sequencers onto a single, high performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage, reducing storage management. The JGI is also using the Isilon IQ 5000S-SSD, which combines SAS and Solid State Disk (SSD) drives as an additional storage resource for its team. With Isilon scale-out NAS, JGI has eliminated more than six disparate storage systems, unifying its mission-critical genomic data stores.

"The JGI's research is critical to reducing our nation's dependency on foreign oil and replacing it with new, cleaner and more efficient energy resources," said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, Isilon Systems. "This research exemplifies the term 'mission-critical,' requiring a storage solution with the highest levels of scalability, performance and reliability to ensure it continues uninterrupted. Isilon's ability to eliminate data fragmentation and performance bottlenecks via OneFS promises to help the JGI accelerate the delivery of information to its community of researchers."

Operated by the University of California (through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and supported by the DOE Office of Science, the JGI unites the expertise of five national laboratories to advance genomics research in support of DOE missions related to clean energy generation. Prior to deploying Isilon scale-out NAS, the JGI used more than six network file system (NFS) servers to power its 25 DNA sequencers. As the JGI's genomic sequencing operations expanded, its NFS servers were unable to scale in-line with demand, fragmenting data across its separate file systems and limiting the performance of both the JGI's sequencing applications and 1600 core clustered compute farm.

By unifying its DNA sequencing operations onto 2PB of the Isilon IQ 72000X, the JGI has centralized data access. With its leading-edge, highly data-intensive R&D work powered by a separate, Isilon IQ 5000S-SSD cluster, the JGI's DNA sequencing operations have a unified and dedicated storage resource, eliminating data fragmentation and performance bottlenecks to help speed scientific discovery.

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