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SGI - Silicon Graphics International Corp: UK Met Office Installs New HPC System to Significantly Improve Productivity of Weather and Climate Data Analysis

Leading weather agency selects Bright Computing, DataDirect Networks, and SGI
to provide innovative solution
MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), a
global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and
data management, together with Bright Computing and DataDirect Networks (DDN)
announced that the Met Office, the United Kingdom's national weather service,
selected the three HPC vendors to provide high performance computing
capabilities for its new Scientific Processing and Intensive Compute
Environment (SPICE) system. SPICE will enable weather and climate researchers
to dramatically reduce time required to analyze massive amounts of climate
simulation data.

The Met Office is a world leading weather forecasting and climate prediction
organization that conducts research designed to protect lives and increase
prosperity. The institution's 500 scientists conduct research using
data-intensive, high-resolution models to increase forecast accuracy and
provide a deeper understanding of climate change. The Met Office required a
powerful system for post-processing data and analysis downstream of the
primary HPC facility. As a result, the UK Met chose SGI to power its SPICE
initiative and upgrade its Managed Archive Storage System (MASS).

SGI was selected by the Met Office for its value and performance, allowing
users to more easily manage multiple servers and increase system utilization
rates. Following the installation in April 2016, the Met Office's researchers
experienced a positive increase in processing capacity, furthering their
understanding of meteorology on a global scale.

To support the growth in its MASS which is a critical adjunct to the Met
Office's supercomputer system archive, the Met Office selected SGI's solution
with DDN storage. MASS acts as a repository or archive for the data resulting
from scientific research carried out on the supercomputer as well as global
observational data. By 2020, this crucial storage archive is predicted to
grow to about 300 Petabytes of weather and climate research data.

To build a well-rounded, turnkey system, the Met Office chose to integrate
Bright Cluster Manager for HPC to deploy the new SPICE cluster over bare
metal, providing single-pane-of-glass management for the hardware, operating
system, HPC software, and users. The Met Office also chose to install Bright
OpenStack to enable the IT team easy deployment, provision, and management of
its OpenStack-based private-cloud infrastructure.

The fact that Bright's solutions can be administered from a single point of
control was a consideration in the Met Office's decision-making process. With
the combined solution of compute, OpenStack, and storage, the Met Office can
scale SPICE storage predictably while delivering high-throughput performance
to handle simultaneous data reads/writes. Using the SGI system, the Met
Office's researchers can spin up virtual machines easily and operate their
own private virtual environment with full control and direct access to their
local network. In addition, they can easily increase the capacity of the
virtual environment merely by adding more servers to the OpenStack

Scientists using SPICE have already noted significant performance advantages
over previous systems, enabling far quicker analysis to support ongoing
research. Massive volumes of data are now analyzed in several hours, rather
than days. The improvements support and enhance ongoing development of
meteorological and climate change research.

Announcement Highlights

* The UK Met Office has selected SGI to power its new Scientific Processing
and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE), enabling weather and climate
researchers to dramatically reduce time required for analyzing climate
simulation data.
* To upgrade its MASS archive, the Met Office has selected SGI together with
DDN's Storage architecture. Currently, the archive stores about 100TB each
day and is expected to increase to 200TB per day by 2017.
* The Met Office has chosen Bright Cluster Manager for HPC to deploy the new
SPICE cluster over bare metal, providing single-pane-of-glass management
for the hardware, operating system, HPC software, and users. The Met Office
has also chosen to install Bright OpenStack, enabling the IT team's easy
deployment, provision, and management of its OpenStack-based private-cloud

Technical Information

* The SGI Rackable system for SPICE has 36 nodes Intel® Xeon® processor
E5-2690 v4, achieving performance of up to 30,000 Gigaflops
* Data access and storage for MASS is provided by 3.5 PB of DDN Disk (models
GS7K(TM), GS12K(TM)) to support disk cache
* ConnectX®-3 Pro Adapter with Virtual Protocol Interconnect® for both IP and
InfiniBand® communication
* Bright Cluster Manager for HPC and Bright OpenStack

Supporting Quotes

"With the new SPICE system from SGI, we have seen a step-change in performance
for our researchers and scientists doing post-processing of weather and
climate data," said Richard Bevan, Head of Operational Technology at the Met
Office. "Tasks that used to take 1-2 days to complete are now done in a
fraction of that time, allowing scientists to perform multiple runs in one

According to Bob Maynard, storage team technical lead for the Met Office,
DDN's robust, scalable storage for both archive and post-processing delivers
exceptional value and unparalleled performance. "No matter how much we grow,
DDN will continue to provide a performance step-change that will enable
scientists to collect and make sense of massive amounts of data every day for
the benefit of mankind and our planet," he said.

"Everyone who uses Bright technology says it's impressive, but you really
start seeing the power of our technology when you seamlessly connect
solutions together," said Lee Carter, VP EMEA at Bright Computing. "By
coupling its HPC and OpenStack environments with Bright management, the Met
Office is in a strong position to accelerate research, and provide world
leading applications and climate models to both internal as well as external

"The Met Office is driving intensive climate research around the globe, and
we're pleased to provide them with an all-inclusive system to power the SPICE
program," said Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager, HPC at
SGI. "By combining our SGI Rackable solution with Bright Computing and DDN
technologies, we're able to provide the Met Office a strong HPC system that
not only handles massive data workloads, but also allows easier manageability
for researchers and IT managers to operate the computer simultaneously."

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About DDN
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's leading big data storage supplier to
data-intensive, global organizations. For more than 15 years, DDN storage has
designed, developed, deployed, and optimized systems, software, and storage
solutions that enable enterprises, service providers, universities, and
government agencies to generate more value and to accelerate time to insight
from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. Organizations
leverage the power of DDN storage technology and the deep technical expertise
of its team to capture, store, process, analyze, collaborate, and distribute
data, information, and content at largest scale in the most efficient,
reliable, and cost-effective manner. DDN customers include many of the
world's leading financial services firms and banks, healthcare and life
science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, government and
research facilities, and web and cloud service providers. For more
information, go to or call 1-800-837-2298, and follow DDN via
Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Bright Computing
Bright Computing is the leading independent provider of cluster and cloud
management software. Bright Cluster Manager(TM), Bright Cluster Manager for
Big Data(TM), and Bright OpenStack(TM) provide a unified, hardware-agnostic
approach to installing, provisioning, configuring, managing, and monitoring
HPC clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack clouds. Bright's products are
currently deployed in more than 500 data centers around the world. Bright
Computing's customer base includes global academic, governmental, financial,
healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and pharmaceutical organizations such as
Boeing, NASA, Stanford University, Roche, and St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital. Bright partners with Amazon, Cray, Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, SGI, and
other leading vendors to deliver powerful, integrated solutions for managing
advanced IT infrastructure such as high performance computing clusters, big
data clusters, and OpenStack-based private clouds.

About SGI
SGI is a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data
analytics, and data management that enable customers to accelerate time to
discovery, innovation, and profitability. Visit ( for more

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