May 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM EDT
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Zettar Transferred 1 Petabyte of Data in Just 34 Hours Using AIC Servers

Organizations around the world are working with ever larger data sets than before. Transferring huge amounts of information at a rapid pace will be critical to Exascale computing. AIC's SB122A-PH, 1U 10-bay NVMe storage server was part of the hardware used by Zettar during this important data transfer milestone.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AIC announces the successful completion of a landmark, 1-petabyte transfer of data in 34 hours, during a recent test by Zettar that relied on the company's SB122A-PH, 1U 10-bay NVMe storage server.

As organizations find themselves creating, storing and working with ever-increasingly larger files and sets of data, it becomes imperative to come up with new solutions to speed up the transfer of information. Exascale computing will be essential for maintaining the nation's prestige, advancing sciences, and improving the economic well-being of the society. For context, an exabyte is equivalent to 1,000 petabytes.

Any company that has high performance computing requirements stands to benefit from the equipment used in the recent 1-petabyte transfer test. Whether working with a content delivery network, big data, data centers, cloud service providers, or as a backup solution provider, you need a new solution for faster data throughput in order to remain competitive.

A wide range of industries will need to take advantage of exascale computing, oil and gas, media and entertainment, life sciences, defense and intelligence agencies, to name just a few. Newly emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital transformation, and intelligent enterprises are no exceptions.

Four of AIC's SB122A-PH 10-Bay NVMe 1U storage servers were used in the test, along with 16 DC P3700 U.2 1.6TB NVMe solid-state drives from Intel's Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG).

AIC's SB122A-PH is a commodity server that is symmetrical in architecture design, enabling it to deliver better performance than other servers currently on the market.

The test sent data on a unique 5,000-mile loop that goes from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC)'s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) in Menlo Park of California, Sunnyvale of California, El Paso of Texas, Houston of Texas, Nashville of Tennessee, Atlanta of Georgia and back to SLAC/Menlo Park. This is the world's only 5,000-mile 100Gbps loop available and has been established by the Energy Science Network (ESNet) for the SLAC (Zettar's efforts since 2015). ESNet is operated by the DOE's SC. It runs a state-of-the-art 100Gbps national backbone, which connects DOE SC laboratories together and to the other parts of the Internet.

Transparency is critical when it comes to evaluating high-speed data transfer milestones like the recent successful 1-petabyte effort. The test performed by Zettar is likely the only one in the world whose results were publicly viewable (and can be seen on the ESNet's Network portal.

"Zettar is more than capable of handling multiple PBs of high speed data transfers weekly and is a founding member of the exclusive and elite 'Exascale-ready Club,'" said Dr. Chin Fang, Founder & CEO of Zettar Inc. "To be admitted in the first half of 2017, an organization or team must be capable of using a shared, production, point-to-point WAN link to attain a production data transfer rate that is equal or greater than 270PB-km/hour."

About AIC:
AIC is a leading provider of both standard OTS (off-the-shelf) and OEM/ODM server and storage solutions. With expert in-house design, manufacturing and validation capabilities, AIC's broad selection of products are highly flexible and configurable to any form factor, standard or custom. AIC leads the industry with over 20 years of experience in mechanical, electronic, system-level engineering as well as a dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Taiwan, AIC has offices and operations throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

About Zettar:
Zettar Inc. delivers scale-out, petascale-proven data transfer software, a reference design for a data transfer cluster, and a burst buffer reference design. Together they are the foundations of a highly efficient petascale-proven data transfer solution today.   The critical burst buffer design leverages the industry leading AIC SB122A-PH 1U 10-bay NVMe storage servers.  Zettar is a US National Science Foundation (NSF) funded startup in Palo Alto, California.  Zettar collaborates with the US DOE SC National Laboratories and ESNet.

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