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Flash! Supercomputing Goes Solid-State


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A prototype system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) Hyperion Data Intensive Testbed uses more than 100 terabytes of flash memory to demonstrate how flash can be used in supercomputing.

The Hyperion testbed, part of the U.S. Department of Energy's high-performance computing initiative, is designed to support the development of new computing capabilities for the next generation of supercomputers. The testbed is a partnership between LLNL and 10 participating commercial firms, which are testing technologies that will be used in LLNL's upcoming Sequoia supercomputer.

The project also will examine methods to directly use flash memory without a file system, says LLNL's Mark Seager. "We think that that will probably give us the best random [input/output operations per second (IOPS)] performance," Seager says. The project hopes to achieve a performance in excess of 40 million IOPS.

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