NASAs Mars mission may be grabbing headlines this week, but there has been a vast storage infrastructure underpinning the nine-month, 422-million-mile trek to the Red Planet.
Data storage projects are playing an increasingly important role for NASA as the administration plans more ambitious space missions and a myriad of cutting-edge research. Officials have already teamed up with Google, for example, around "large-scale data management" and will host a joint conference with the IEEE in September devoted to designing and building mass storage systems."
From supercomputers to solid state disks (SSDs), heres a rundown of some of NASAs current storage projects:
NASA is consuming compute power at a rapid rate, forcing officials to rethink their server and storage strategies over the last few months.
The space administration, for example, has already deployed more than 1 Pbyte of disk and 10 Pbytes of tape storage as part of its core SAN infrastructure, which is built mainly on hardware from SGI and Sun/StorageTek.