The massive Titan Supercomputer, which currently hold the title for the worlds fastest computer as of November 2012, will soon be receiving the worlds fastest storage system.
The Titan Supercomputer has been built by Cray at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for use in a variety of science projects, and has been designed to deliver a peak capability of over 27,000 trillion calculations per second, or 27 petaflops.
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been selected to build the worlds fastest storage system, and explained in the press release:
“Using DDN’s SFA12K-40 storage systems as the backbone for Spider II, this new file storage system is designed with 40 petabytes of raw capacity and is capable of ingesting, storing, processing and distributing research data at unprecedented speed. This amount of storage capacity is equivalent to more than 227,000 miles of stacked books – or the distance from ORNL’s facility in Oak Ridge, TN to the moon – and enables ORNL to dramatically increase Titan’s computational efficiency and deliver vastly more accurate predictive models than ever before.
As the de facto standard in storage for the world’s leading supercomputers, DDN continues to push the frontiers of science and technology from laptop to petaflop, building on its $100M investment in extreme scale computing and commitment to the DOE’s FastForward program to pave the road to exascale.”
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