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Netezza Database Advances the Speed of PNNL Scientific Discovery

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May 2010

The primary challenge facing Data Intensive Computing (DIC) research is being able to rapidly extract valuable knowledge from massive datasets. To help facilitate data intensive research, PNNL has purchased a Netezza TwinFin Data Warehouse Appliance to address the challenge of rapid analysis on large datasets. Incorporating the Netezza TwinFin to the DIC instrumentation portfolio provides researchers and collaborators the ability to perform complex queries on large datasets in a parallel database resulting in significant performance improvement. The addition of the Netezza at PNNL allows researchers to conduct these queries at levels of more than two orders of magnitude more than previously possible. The goal is to further scientific discovery and near real-time extraction for predicting outcomes, identifying trends, and enabling time-critical decision-making.

The Netezza TwinFin is a purpose-built, standards-based data appliance that architecturally integrates database, server and storage into a single, easy to manage system. “This appliance allows us to ask complex questions about our data that would be very difficult in a typical relational database environment” says PNNL scientist Bryan Olsen. The Netezza TwinFin can be applied to the suite of national problems that PNNL researchers are addressing in energy, national security, and the environment.

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