Splunk Enterprise and Splunk ITSI Help National Ignition Facility
Make Data-Driven Decisions to Keep Nuclear Stockpile Secure
SAN FRANCISCO & ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2018--
.conf18 -- Splunk
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), delivering actions and outcomes from the world
of data, today announced that the National Ignition Facility (NIF),
steward of the country’s nuclear stockpile, is taking
action on data from the world’s largest and most powerful laser
facility using Splunk®
Enterprise and Splunk®
IT Service Intelligence (ITSI). Splunk helps NIF to improve system
uptime and performance and respond to IT challenges before they happen,
giving their team of world-renowned scientists more time back to conduct
a wide range of experiments that help keep the country safe.
NIF houses 192 giant laser beams used to conduct experiments -- known as
laser shots -- which promote and enable the bleeding edge of scientific
research. Founded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, NIF
provides key support for the United States Stockpile Stewardship
program, which keeps the nation’s nuclear stockpile safe, secure and
effective. The facility also conducts experiments into fusion ignition
and explores astrophysics, materials science, nuclear science and other
areas that help the United States keep a competitive advantage in
“NIF exists to advance science and keep the nation’s nuclear stockpile
secure. To do that, our team needs access to the right data, to make
decisions and take action at the right time,” said Phillip Adams, chief
technology officer and lead architect, National Ignition Facility. “With
Splunk, we can bring the data from many disparate sources to every IT
analyst, engineer and scientist at NIF. This gives our scientists the
ability to take laser shots when we need to and accomplish our mission.”
Splunk sits at the heart of NIF’s Computer Control System (CCS), which
manages over 66,000 control points to power NIF’s massive laser
facility. NIF uses Splunk Enterprise with Splunk ITSI as a business
platform within the CCS, allowing the lab to take action on machine data
from a variety of sources, including application data, operational data,
and sensor data like laser voltage, temperature and pressure. Powered by
the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit, this level of advanced insight
allows NIF to respond to IT issues and predict abnormal behavior within
the laser facility, which improves availability and enables NIF to
conduct over 400 laser shots per year.
NIF also uses Splunk for Internet Of Things (IoT) use cases, including
diagnostics and analytics on a wide range of sensors, with cameras,
thermometers and motors that are critical components of its laser
facility’s infrastructure. Using Splunk ITSI, NIF can detect when these
sensors begin to decay, which allows them to repair sensors before they
falter and cause potentially unscheduled downtime.
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all from our customers, you find an
organization like NIF, at the forefront of science and technology,
getting answers and taking action on data from lasers,” said Susan St.
Ledger, president, worldwide field operations, Splunk. “We are proud to
partner with NIF to solve some of their toughest mission challenges as
they continue to explore new frontiers in astrophysics and nuclear
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