IBM may not be in the picture, but there’s definitely some development in the storage medium space. IBM has been working on some high-speed data storage systems. They along with Violin memory have run a test where a software has processed 10 billion files in a matter of 43 minutes. A similar test scenario with 1 billion files used to take three hours in a test done back in 2007. For the sake of the test IBM used a file system called GPFS (General Parallel File System). The hardware used had some 6.8 TB of Flash memory and a cluster containing 10, eight-core processor powered systems were used. The rigs were connected together by 10/20 Gbps network switches. The resulting performance was a mind-boggling 5 Gigabytes per second. 

Faster than most SSDs out there

Faster than most SSDs out there

To give you some perspective of how fast this is, fast desktop hard drives read data at a speed of a little more than 100 MB/s. One of the key highlights of this demonstration was using Flash memory instead of traditional hard drives, where there’s a longer delay in retrieving data as compared to Flash, which is almost instantaneous.

Publish date: July 25, 2011 7:21 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:14 pm

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