Nirvana commercializes metadata-intensive storage technology originally developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), which was founded and operated by General Atomics.
About General Atomics
Founded in 1955 as a division of General Dynamics, General Atomics is now a privately owned technology company headquartered in San Diego, California. With more than 20 locations worldwide, General Atomics and its affiliated companies develop and manufacture a variety of high-technology products for commercial and government applications. General Atomics and its affiliates supply services ranging from research in magnetic fusion and inertial fusion energy, to defense programs, high-power lasers, UWB communications and manufacturing of the Predator series of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Some examples of how Nirvana has been implemented:
- Aerospace agency managing terabytes of satellite data and imagery
- Earthquake modeling and prediction
- Data collection within a national virtual observatory
- Integrating wireless real-time oceanographic and environmental data
- United Kingdom Data Grid, with more than 30 sites linking their data together
- Management of corporate document center with more than 4 million pages of documents
- Support in merging radar images with satellite images residing in distributed locations
- Data Archiving Project at Washington University, developing software to address data acquisition rate of 10GB to 20GB per week