San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
La Jolla, CA


  • Greatly expanding SDSC’s analytic capabilities while gaining insight into how SSDs are used
  • New performance metrics are being jointly defined and instrumented
  • This research will be made available to the HPC and wider IT community in the form of announcements, working papers and HPC SSD workshops.


Seagate Technology and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have agreed to a research partnership to deploy Seagate 1200 SAS SSDs in the Center’s newest petascale supercomputer, Comet. Comet is designed to be part of an emerging cyberinfrastructure for the ‘long tail’ of science, best summarized as high performance computing for the 99 percent of data-enabled science and engineering research on university campuses, and at regional and national research laboratories.

The goals of the SSD research partnership are to benefit HPC system architects in improving products for the design and building of high performance HPC clusters, and more broadly, to inform the wider HPC community on how to select the most appropriate, high performance components suitable to their architectures and workloads. The addition of the Seagate 1200 SAS SSDs will significantly boost Comet’s analytics capability by greatly expanding its node-local storage capacity for big data workloads. Seagate will also contribute their expertise and specialized tools for collecting detailed metrics leading to a more precise analysis of SSD performance in operational HPC workloads.


As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community including industry and academia. SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.