Seagate Collaborates With CERN Openlab To Develop Kinetic Storage Platform

The European Organization for Nuclear Reasearch, CERN, produces a massive amount of data to be analyzed, but also stored, a thing that’s becoming an increasing problem with the 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis. The Large Hadron Collider has generated over 100 petabytes of data to date, and all of it has to be kept safe and secure.

Seagate and CERN Openlab have now entered a 3-year partnership on the development of Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage platform. The new platform restructures the traditional storage server architectures from the bottom up by connecting object-oriented applications directly to the storage device. This cuts out the many layers of hardware and software traditionally used and is something that is said to not only improve performance but also cut costs by 15-40%. It’s kind of a System in a Disk, to say it in the simplest of words.

“This is a thrilling opportunity for Seagate to collaborate with CERN to more efficiently operate one of the most extreme and demanding storage environments in the world,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate. “We believe our partnership will not only deliver extensive benefits to CERN’s large-scale storage system, but also help us further enhance the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform by testing it in an unparalleled data creation environment.”

A second and future research project between Seagate and CERN is also planned where they will look at CERN’s EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.

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NASA Awards Suborbital Contracts to Virgin Galactic and Three More

NASA has announce the four companies it awarded their suborbital payload contracts to in an announcement on Monday. The companies all got the same contract that gives “indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity for integration and flight services” over a three-year period. Each contract is worth a minimum of $100.000 and can be extended with a 2-year option.

They will fly technology payloads on the commercial suborbital reusable platforms and carry payloads up till ‘near the boundary of space’. The selection is part of NASA’s continuing effort to foster a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms that allow testing of new space technologies within Earth’s atmosphere.

The four companies are Virgin Galactic, which is best known for developing its space tourism program with the SpaceShipTwo craft. The company is also actively working to offer the use of their vehicle for scientific research. The company is also developing LauncherOne, which will aim to deliver small satellites into orbit. The next on the list is Masten Space Systems  which is working to develop vertical take-off, vertical landing unmanned spacecraft’s. The company is mostly known for winning the $1 million Lunar Lander X-Prize in 2009.

UP Aerospace is the third company with a focus on developing suborbital rockets to deliver research payloads, and already launched a rocket for NASA last year. The fourth and last company is Paragon Space Development Corporation and their approach is a little bit different as they mainly make equipment for others. They have teamed up with with World View Experience to use balloons to take commercial passengers to the “edge of space”, about 120,000 feet above the earth’s surface.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in working toward the goal of regular, frequent and predictable access to near-space at a reasonable cost with easy recovery of intact payloads,” said Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “These proven flight service providers will allow for payloads from organizations including NASA, industry, academia, and other government agencies to be tested on flights to the edge of space before being committed to demonstration in the harsh environment of space itself.”

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Image courtesy of VirginGalactic.