Data Management

National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Drives Research With Robust Data Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

NIF's scientists and engineers use highly powerful lasers to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion through a process called inertial confinement fusion. The laser system uses as many as 90 instruments - from cameras to mirrors, to oscilloscopes - to set up and measure the results of each experiment. The scientists and engineers need to precisely manage the placement of the equipment involved in the experiments and then gather and quickly analyze all resulting data. To manage all of this data, as well as the business of constructing and budgeting for the facility, NIF selected Oracle Database 11g with Real Application Clusters.

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