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Titan Supercomputer Packs World's Fastest Storage: 1.4TB/s

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The Titan Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will now be both the world’s most powerful computer and feature the world’s fastest storage system.

The Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory already features a mind boggling 18,688 AMD Opteron 6274 16-core CPUs, 18,688 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPUs and 710 TB of memory that have granted it the distinction of being the world’s most powerful supercomputer.
Now, for additional bragging rights, or more likely due to the fact that the Titan still can’t meet the demands on its computing time, the supercomputer’s current 10 PB of storage and 240 GB/s peak transfer speed is being upgraded to DataDirect Network’s Spider II storage system. It offers a phenomenal peak transfer speed of 1.4 TB/s and 40 PB of storage that will give the Titan the additional distinction of having the world’s fastest storage system. 

For a sense of just how vast the offerings of this $97 million upgrade actually is, the Titan is reportedly able to store the equivalent of 365,000 km of stacked books (the distance from here to the Moon) or, alternatively, is likely capable of loading your entire video library in less time than it takes you to click on your “My Videos” folder.

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    mikenygmail , April 18, 2013 1:45 PM
    Go AMD! :) 
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    slomo4sho , April 18, 2013 1:45 PM
    Definitely impressive.
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    kracker , April 18, 2013 1:51 PM
    Indeed. Very impressive.
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    ojas , April 18, 2013 1:58 PM
    No mention of how many thousand songs can be stored based on an arbitrary size of song and bit-rate?
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    bartosz trzaska , April 18, 2013 2:12 PM
    wise move to go with AMD cpu's ,at least they wont have hedache with sockets when next gen cpu come out :>
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    SlitWeaver , April 18, 2013 2:30 PM
    In case TITAN wasn't super enough.
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    vertigo_2000 , April 18, 2013 2:52 PM
    Can I order one of these through newegg? Anyone know? Anyone?
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    TheBigTroll , April 18, 2013 3:42 PM
    if they used the newer intel xeons it would have been even faster, but then the titan was upgraded from a previous setup with amd boards. way to save money there
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    merikafyeah , April 18, 2013 3:50 PM
    Who foots the bill for these things again?
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    weierstrass , April 18, 2013 3:56 PM
    What does it cost to run it for one day?
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    TheBigTroll , April 18, 2013 4:01 PM
    Quote:
    What does it cost to run it for one day?


    not sure about 1 day but it costs from what i know 9 mill for a year
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    axehand13 , April 18, 2013 5:14 PM
    Finally a server that can handle all the internet p0rn load by itself.
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    Mark Wroblewski , April 18, 2013 7:58 PM
    No meat regarding the storage system. One assumes it's totally flash-based, but going to DDN's website only reveals datasheets describing storage systems which can mix any of 3.5, 2.5 hdd and ssd. Anyone have details?
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    Mark Wroblewski , April 18, 2013 8:07 PM
    Anyone have the details on the storage system instantiated? Visiting DDN's website only reveals a description of storage systems that allow mixes of 3.5, 2.5 hdd and ssd storage. What's the actual as-built setup here?
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    SlitWeaver , April 18, 2013 8:09 PM
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    Finally a server that can handle all the internet p0rn load by itself.


    :lol: 
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    acadia11 , April 18, 2013 8:19 PM
    But can it play... ah never mind...
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    acadia11 , April 18, 2013 8:22 PM
    Quote:
    Who foots the bill for these things again?


    I do next question.
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    pjmelect , April 18, 2013 8:24 PM
    Should be large enough for my porn collection.
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    vaughn2k , April 18, 2013 11:49 PM
    I guess this computer, is too much powerful, that i cannot anymore understand while reading through the news... nose bleed...
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    shortbus25 , April 19, 2013 3:44 AM
    Hey OakRidge why dont you take that billions of dollars you spend on stupid fast computers and put it towards something that benefits america!!! I guess jobless rates and people starving, crumbling infrastructure within Tennessee is not as important as a computer that can do as much as titan! Climate forecast a thousand years from now or maps that show where every Walmart in the nation is within seconds is more important! How about using that computer to find cures for complex diseases that currently kill people? Came there a few years ago with school and seen your other 5 super computers like jaguar and what ever the others were isn't the billions you spent on this machines enough? ORNL is a waste of tax money IMO! What have you done that is good for the nation lately? Gov crap!
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