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New IBM Architecture Doubles Analytics Processing Speed


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IBM recently revealed details about a new storage architecture design that it says can double analytics processing speed. IBM says the General Parallel File System-Shared Nothing Cluster (GPFS-SNC) architecture, dubbed Almaden, can convert terabytes of information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible.

The architecture is mainly used for cloud computing and data-heavy applications such as digital media, data mining, and financial analytics. Almaden is designed to provide more availability through advanced clustering technologies, dynamic file system management, and advanced data replication techniques. "This new way of storage partitioning is another step forward on this path as it gives businesses faster time-to-insight without concern for traditional storage limitations," says IBM researcher Prasenjit Sarkar.

The researchers say GPFS-SNC will make it easier and less costly to run complex calculations on petabytes of data, reducing the analytics workload burden by streamlining the process and reducing the amount of disk space needed.

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