Jülich Supercomputing Centre and the BigBrain project

Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts has been working on a project called The BigBrain at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The study aims to create the first ultra-high resolution 3D model of the human brain to redefine traditional neuroanatomy maps and support advancements in neurosurgery.

Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is part of the publicly funded Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH — the largest research center in Germany. JSC supports research into a wide range of fields including fundamental physics, life sciences, climate change and energy by providing the powerful infrastructure and technical expertise needed to run large and complex simulations quickly and effectively.

For the storage infrastructure on their BigBrain project, the center deployed an innovative System x GPFS Storage Server solution, which provides 7 petabytes of usable storage capacity, I/O bandwidth of up to 200 Gb/s and unique GPFS Native RAID capabilities.

JSC had to put major effort into managing its previous storage infrastructure efficiently. All the external storage controllers required management by the technical team, increasing costs and adding complexity. GPFS Storage Server manages all JSC's hardware components from a central location. Lothar Wollschläger, Storage Specialist at Jülich Supercomputing Centre says, “In our previous conventional RAID storage array, it took around 12 hours to rebuild just a 1 TB disk. Our new System x GPFS Storage Server solution enables us to rebuild to a non-critical state in just under one hour, ensuring consistent, high-speed access to large volumes of data for our simulations.”

Read the full Jülich Supercomputing Centre case study. For more information about GPFS Storage Server, read the data sheet or conact Eric Sanders, System x GPFS Storage Server Product Marketing Manager at esanders@lenovo.com.