Salk Institute Implements Storage Solution

System to support brain cell and systems research

by / July 17, 2003
SAN DIEGO -- Salk Institute for Biological Studies has deployed Spinnaker Networks' SpinServer network attached storage (NAS) solution to aid in brain cell and systems research in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory. The system will provide single server and cluster performance coupled with complete functionality, including a global namespace, NFS, CIFS, server failover, and open support.

A two-terabyte, two-head server solution provides high-speed storage for scientists conducting brain cell and systems research at the San Diego-based Salk Institute. The system delivers the speed and capacity needed for research applications, which include functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, 3-D modeling and simulation of sub-cellular architecture and physiology, educational animations, and high-speed data acquisition for direct tissue-sample experimentation.

The solution offers all of the traditional NAS functionality of the lab's prior fileserver, but improves on performance, scalability and file management.

In addition to its service in the lab's brain cell and systems research, the server supports 120 Salk researchers running upwards of 30 applications, including simulation and modeling programs, DVD authoring software, compilers and more.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor