REVIEWER: Rico Magsipoc, system administrator for UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging.

BACKGROUND: At the University of California Los Angeles Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (UCLA LONI), researchers use the latest technology to visualize the brain and other neurological structures. UCLA LONI is a leader in the development and use of computer imaging systems to enhance the understanding of brain structure and function. Research at UCLA LONI is advancing human knowledge in a wide range of areas, from neurological development and brain structure to Alzheimer's disease. UCLA LONI is developing comprehensive atlases of human brain structure and function in both health and disease, and pioneering techniques to help guide surgeons during brain surgery. UCLA LONI uses a variety of imaging techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and optical intrinsic signals to generate three-dimensional images of the brain and other structures. These imaging systems and subsequent analysis create a staggering amount of data. A data set from a single subject can consume hundreds of gigabytes, and total stored data is increasing at a rate of 8TB per year. SGI Data Migration Facility (DMF) allows for mass data sets to be stored in an efficient and accessible manner, allowing researchers to focus on science rather than data management.

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