July 3, 2024

"DLR Storage Technology 2024" at EOC

From 10 to 12 June, the EOC hosted "DLR Storage Technology 2024" at the Ulrichshusen estate. For the tenth time, experts from the IT sector met at the Mecklenburg Lake District to discuss current trends and innovations in storage technology. Since its foundation in 2002, the conference has developed into an important platform for networking and the exchange of experience between large research institutions and companies.

84 participants from 41 companies and institutes gained valuable insights into the latest developments and best practices in the field of storing and archiving large amounts of data in the petabyte range in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere. In addition to seven DLR institutes, other research institutions of the Helmholtz Association (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) and the Zuse Institute Berlin were also represented.

The presentations dealt with various topics such as data security, data availability, scalability, flexibility and the openness of interfaces. Particular attention was paid to hardware-related aspects, such as the benefits and advantages of magnetic tapes for data storage. Although at first glance they seem to have disappeared from everyday life, it is impossible to imagine modern storage and archiving environments without them. The reasons for this include data security (keyword: air gap, i.e. physically separate copies of data on tape), energy efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions and data centre space required.

The best presentation of the conference was Josef Weingand's (IBM) tape review and outlook "Nothing new on tape for over 70 years? - the ultimate tape update 2024".

In addition, leading storage technology companies presented their latest hardware and software solutions for processing, backup and archiving applications in an exhibition. Here, every conference visitor had the opportunity to examine flash storage systems, disc arrays and rackmount tape libraries at close quarters.

At the joint evening events against the backdrop of the Mecklenburg Lake District, the technical discussions could then be deepened in a relaxed atmosphere.

EOC supports technology development in the context of data storage and archiving and operates the German Satellite Data Archive at the DLR sites in Neustrelitz and Oberpfaffenhofen, a long-term archive for remote sensing data. Valuable research data is stored here for future analyses and must be available at all times.

The forward-looking planning, development and operation of the necessary research data infrastructures are essential for this. Long-term data is needed in climate research, for example. The EOC project "TIMELINE", for example, analyses time series over a period of 40 years. Gradual changes such as the warming of the oceans over decades can thus be recognised and quantified with high spatial resolution.

For this reason, the data from the MOS instrument of the Indian earth observation mission IRS-P3 (1996-2004) is also being processed and saved as part of the "ESA Heritage Space Programme" in the "IRS-P3 MOS European Data Set Curation" project.



Holger Maass

Head of Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
National Ground Segment
Kalkhorstweg 53, 17235 Neustrelitz
Tel: +49 3981 480-111