Spectra Logic tape library to archive UK supercomputer data

BOULDER — The center for one of the world’s fastest supercomputers has selected a tape library manufactured by Boulder-based Spectra Logic Corp. to archive data for an academic research project.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Spectra Logic’s T380 tape library will be used for the ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) project, the United Kingdom’s primary academic research supercomputer.
The supercomputer, housed at the University of Edinburgh’s Parallel Computing Centre, is the fastest in the United Kingdom. In just one second, the computer system can process the equivalent of a person performing one calculation every second for 31,688 years.

The system is using supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc.’s XC30 system, and Cray recommended Spectra’s tape library archive for the project based on its technical specifications and favorable economics, according to a prepared statement.

Barry Bolding, vice president of storage and data management at Cray, said, “We’ve deployed Spectra Logic libraries in several of the world’s largest HPC (high-performance computing) projects because Spectra Logic is a leader in performance, quality and support for its customers. In addition these systems are easy to use, reliable, scalable and affordable — all very attractive features for academic institutions.”

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