SGI Helps Keep Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Safe
SGI announced that has installed a storage environment made up of 17 InfiniteStorage 4600 systems at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Energy Administration's Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This storage solution can hold more than 1.8 Petabytes of data, and can transfer that data up to a sustained rate of 72GB/Sec. This particular storage solution has a very high-minded purpose: It houses the data from the large-scale simulations of nuclear weapon stockpile lifecycles, performed by Sandia scientists.
"Few endeavors in science are more crucial than evaluating the nuclear arsenal for safety, security, and reliability, and that's the mission of Sandia National Laboratory" -- Kurt Kuckein, RAID product line manager, Silicon Graphics.
The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 installation at Sandia monitors only the active U.S. nuclear stockpile. But without the ability to run simulations, scientists would be left with little choice but to dispose of aging weapons via underground detonations. Data collected during these simulations could also, perhaps, be used to better monitor the aging stockpile of inactive weapons as well as other radioactive waste materials.