Preparing for the LSST Data deluge - CC-IN2P3 Upgrades its Machine Room

Preparing for the LSST Data deluge - CC-IN2P3 Upgrades its Machine Room

Servers already installed in the new computer room

May 3, 2019 - CC-IN2P3 is one of the computing facilities that will be responsible for processing and storing data collected by LSST during Operations. The campaign to upgrade the center’s power and cooling infrastructure in preparation to host LSST data has entered its final phase. Located in Lyon, France, CC-IN2P3 has two computer rooms of 850 m2 each (9,150 ft2) hosting about 18,000 CPU cores, 28 PB of disk storage, and four automated tape libraries where 63 PB of data are stored. These resources are routinely used by several scientific projects, 24/7.

The most recent computer room is designed to be equipped as the need for more computing equipment arises, without disrupting operations. A new chilled water production line and a Tier-III power and water distribution system have been installed to allow for the deployment of two additional hot corridors. More than 120 tons of equipment sit now on the roof of the building, providing the cooling infrastructure the computing equipment requires.

When this upgrade is completed this spring, 80 additional racks of equipment will be progressively installed to satisfy the needs of major world-class scientific projects including LSST, which at its peak will require 35 racks of equipment at CC-IN2P3.

By 2022, the CC-IN2P3 will have deployed a storage capacity of more than 20 PB devoted to LSST data and a computing platform composed of about 22,000 CPU cores ready to contribute to processing the data coming out of the telescope. With its project partners, CC-IN2P3 is currently prototyping and evaluating technical solutions for transporting, storing, cataloguing and processing large amounts of data at the scale needed by LSST.

Space is available for more equipment to be installed as it is needed
Area of the room equipped to host new servers.
Photo/article credit: CCIN2P3


Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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