Ultra-Fast Transfer Techniques to Download Data

Period of Performance: 05/07/2012 - 02/06/2013


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Crossfield Technology LLC
3445 Executive Center Drive, Suite 125 Array
Austin, TX 78731
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: Crossfield Technology proposes a high performance network interface to transfer data from ultra-high-performance data acquisition solid state disk (SSD) arrays to a secondary data storage system or a high performance computer (HPC) system using a pluggable, parallel fiber optic interface. The system architecture is scalable, supporting multiple SSD arrays with parallel connections to secondary storage or HPC. The proposed system architecture uses Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) InfiniBand technology, with host channel adapters and switches operating at full-duplex bandwidths of 56 Gbps to transport data between the SSD arrays and secondary storage. The secondary storage can range from a portable InfiniBand Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with SSD arrays or an HPC cluster with distributed SSD arrays. Crossfield proposes the development of a rugged network interface that can be used as a standalone SSD-to-network adapter or integrated into the SSD array. The network interface will provide a plug-and-play fiber optic network interface to secondary storage or HPC, operating at the fastest available network bandwidth. BENEFIT: The proposed technology will provide a network interface between ultra-high-performance solid state disk arrays and secondary storage devices or high performance computers. This technology will greatly benefit any industry capturing and processing large amounts of data, such as the medical industry (CT, MRI, X-Ray), entertainment industry, and seismic industry.