back to article CERN swells storage space beyond 1EB for LHC's latest ion-whacking experiments

In preparation for its latest round of ion-smashing tests, CERN boosted its storage array for the experiments to more than one million terabytes in total size. The facility's data store now exceeds an exabyte of raw capacity — with much of it on hard disk drives and an "increasing fraction of flash drives," the European super- …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A department at our place works with data from the LHC. I can see them asking for more bandwidth and storage.


    1. Quando

      Has anyone, anywhere, ever asked for less bandwidth and storage?

  2. LateAgain


    Once upon a time 1 TB was an awesome amount of storage.

    You had to have your own data center to even think about it

    1. cookieMonster Silver badge

      Re: Flashback!

      I remember an event about 30 years ago, where our “computer room” reached 1 TB of storage. We had champagne and caterers in for the event.

      Pint icon, cause we had a load of them.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Brand (s) ?

    I'm fasicnated.

    What brand(s) of storage are they using?

    Are they SAN arrays, object-oriented?

    What kind of file systems?

    And what kind of data protection - RAID, replication or something more exotic?

    1. Jamie Jones Silver badge
      1. Scotthva5

        Re: Brand (s) ?

        Many, many thanks.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    With that much disk space...

    ... they'll able to install the latest windows update.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: With that much disk space...

      It'll get to its second reboot and then decide to run chkdsk.

  5. Binraider Silver badge

    Imagine the fun trying to do a vlookup on that...

  6. ComputerSays_noAbsolutelyNo Silver badge

    Stats ... for science

    Does CERN publish stats regarding disk life, fault rates, etc. along the lines that rackspace and possibly other storage providers do?

    With a 5-digit number of disks in use, they may produce some nice statistics.

  7. l8gravely

    It will be fun trying to run windirstat or duc or other tools like that to visualize the disk usage, much less keep it upto date.

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