The Sunshine State Education and Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) has partnered with DDN Data Direct Networks to create a system that allows members of SSERCA to securely share data with speed and ease. This partnership has produced a high-performance storage system for member institutions like the University of Florida (UF), University of Central Florida, and University of Miami. The system allows each institution to use their own identity management system and store data with multiple options for security and replication.
UF Research Computing staff demonstrated the new technology for the first time this week at SuperComputing 2014, the world’s largest high-performance computing conference. Erik Deumens, director of UF Research Computing, provides an overview of the system in a short presentation available online. UF, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida have already deployed the storage system using Florida LambdaRail, the network connecting universities in the state of Florida. The new infrastructure will be available for production early next year.
The Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) has a mission to further the development of a state-wide computational science infrastructure of advanced scientific computing, communication and education resources by promoting cooperation between Florida’s universities. Members of the organization include: FAU, FIU, FSU, UCF, UF, UM, and USF.