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UCAR Deploys ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) Solution in Supercomputing Network

June 2017 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

ADVA Optical Networking announced that the University Corporation for Atmosphere Research (UCAR) has deployed its FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) data center interconnect (DCI) solution for ultra-high capacity connectivity to the Cheyenne supercomputer. The DCI technology is now being used to transport vital scientific data over two 200Gbit/s 16QAM connections between the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Front Range GigaPop in Denver, Colorado.

"This new network helps researchers to analyze large data sets and conduct complex experiments," said Anke Kamrath, director, operations and services, NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, UCAR. "Cheyenne is one of the most powerful high-performance computers for the geosciences. It’s vital to advancing the understanding of weather, water and climate. This upgraded network will help us amplify the scientific work of more than 100 universities, educate the public and inspire the next generation of scientists."

The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) platform gives UCAR the ability to maximize the throughput of its optical layer and offers scalability for future growth. While incorporating advanced technology, but at the same time being simple to utilize, it reduces UCAR’s operational complexity. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) solution is a truly open DCI platform with no lock-ins or restrictions. It also meets density, security and energy demands, helping UCAR to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. As a preeminent institution for atmosphere research, UCAR will leverage the new capabilities and efficiencies to offer the scientific community even more access to computing and data analysis platforms. Over 100 universities and research centers in the UCAR consortium will benefit from improved access to Cheyenne, helping them to better understand the atmosphere in ways that can help safeguard society.

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