CERN and Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

This short video features Alberto Pace, Head of Storage at CERN—the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. CERN maintains an online data catalog of its breakthrough scientific research that is available to the worldwide physics community. Pace discusses the impact that Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory can have to reduce the wait times of scientists accessing the huge amounts of data.

CERN, the European organization for nuclear research, builds and operates a particle accelerator for physicists. And the goal is to promote fundamental research. 

Today, we maintain a catalog online, available to the entire physics community of the world. We store a large amount of data coming from the LHC. This requires in-memory databases for which we see that we are hitting some severe limitation of the current computing architectures. In particular, RAM is not persistent. When our database needs to be restarted, this takes tens of minutes, if not hours. With Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, we see the way to reduce significantly this waiting time. 

In scientific computing, we see that the analysis of data is using techniques of deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. And the efficiency of these algorithms really depends on these new technology or new type of storage devices. This technology really has a lot of potential. 

The performance improvement are evident. And the diversity of applications that can profit are also very, very large. Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory would bridge the gap between RAM and solid-state disk by bringing the best of both worlds. We see the potentials. And that's why we are collaborating with Intel. This can be a major breakthrough in computing technology in general.