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Extreme Networks Powers CEA Saclay's High Performance Computing Infrastructure With Scalable Network

Lehdistötiedote   •   Kesä 09, 2011 11:25 EEST

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Saclay, a global leader in research and development based in France, has selected and successfully deployed its high performance and high capacity Ethernet network for its grid computing projects, CARRIOCAS and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which powers one of the world's largest energy particle accelerators.

CEA Saclay is a multi-disciplinary research center employing more than 5,000 researchers who are seeking to unravel the mysteries of matter, life, new technologies and nuclear waste among other focus areas. The CARRIOCAS grid project requires ultra-high network and processing speeds, enabling digital simulations on supercomputers in addition to the remote processing of large volumes of data.

CEA Saclay chose Extreme Networks' scalable 10GbE Ethernet network solutions to power the Grid network research, in addition to a recently proposed Grid Search Ile-de-France, (GRIF), due to its high-performance, robust feature set and low total cost of ownership.  Additionally, Extreme Networks has a history of experience assisting leading science organizations across the globe including SARA/CERN and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

"It was imperative that we deployed a highly efficient network that could handle increasing volumes of large data-sets passing through the network. The Extreme Networks solution was exactly what the project needed," said Jean-Pierre Meyer, mission manager of Computing for CEA Saclay. "We have achieved excellent results so far using Extreme Networks high-density BlackDiamond8800 switches and these will support us as we continue our research endeavors."  

"Extreme Networks is proud to provide a scalable grid computing network for the prominent research occurring with CEA Saclay," said Paul Hooper, vice president of corporate marketing for Extreme Networks. "This demonstrates our ability to help support the requirements of some of the most demanding networks at leading edge science organizations that are expanding the boundaries of knowledge through the research of physics, climate and space."

Extreme Networks provided CEA Saclay with redundant BlackDiamond 8800 series switches in the core, enabling dense 10GbE core switch-to-switch interconnectivity and Gigabit density for switch-to-server connections that initially support 1,600 simultaneous users on the network with capacity to expand. Extreme Networks' supports high density, high performance 10 GbE networks for data centers, grid computing and HPC, all of which are crucial in the research and development field.

Following its initial network deployment, CEA Saclay deployed Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 8800 switches for the Large Hadron Collider project, supporting research around the world's largest energy particle accelerator, which required remarkable network performance and availability.

Despite research running three times higher than initially expected, the Saclay network featuring Extreme Networks infrastructure, backed by the ExtremeXOS® operating system, supported more than 1,200 additional analytical employees and the associated increase in the volume of research production. 

About CEA

The French nuclear energy authority, or Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) is a major player in research, development and innovation, and a contributor to three key sectors: energy, information technology and healthcare, and defense and security; building on its excellence in fundamental research. With 15,000 researchers and staff, the CEA is an important resource for the public sector, offering a wealth of expertise and consultancy services. A driving force for industrial innovation, the CEA has developed a number of partnerships with French and European businesses. For more information, visit: www.cea.fr