Earlier this year, the DOE JGI teamed with the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to scale up its computing infrastructure to meet increasing user needs and the rising amount of data being generated.
|ESnet traffic map by Jon Dugan, ESnet Network Engineering Group, LBNL|
On Dec. 14, the Energy Sciences Network (ESNet), which offers DOE researchers high-bandwidth, reliable connections, Tweeted that the DOE JGI had sent more than 50 Terabits of genomics data in just in the past 10 hours at the rate of nearly 10 Gigabits per second. According to a December 10 blog post on ESNet’s Network Matters site, the DOE JGI was also a significant contributor in helping ESNet traffic exceed the 10 Petabytes barrier in November.
“It’s much more fun to say our petabytes of data are traveling 22 miles around the Bay Area at 447 million miles/hour than saying @ 10Gbps,” commented DOE JGI systems infrastructure architect Jeremy Brand through his personal Twitter account about the sheer volume of genomics data being sent to NERSC.
“Keep it coming,” ESNet Updates Tweeted back to the DOE JGI. “We can handle it.”
“It does put things into perspective,” noted Brand offline. “JGI is using 10 percent of what all DOE National Labs via ES.net together are using. It is the single largest consumer, even larger than the Large Hadron Collider − the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.”