Reporting from CeBIT 2010, TechPowerUp has set its eyes on the fastest PC in the world, at least in the storage department.
The PC's configuration is also pretty beefy:
- (5) LSI Mega RAID SAS/SATA 9260-8i raid cards
- (2) 1000W Thermaltake TRX-1000M power supplies
- (1) Thermaltake case
- (1) Super Micro X8DTH-I X58 Server motherboard
- (2) Intel Xeon 5550 CPUs
- 48GB 1333MHz of Patriot DDR3 ECC-Registered memory (12) PS34G13ER-E
The storage system of the computer though,--where the true performance lies--speaks for itself.
A sustained rate of 155,000 IOPS/s is generated by using forty 256GB TorqX SSDs connected to five LSI SAS PCI-E controllers. According to the TechPowerUP article, the system supposedly is able to "rip an entire Blu-ray in 0.9 seconds." Clearly, this is impossible as no optical drive can manage that. What more likely happened was that a reporter misquoted Patriot.
The system is capable of making a duplicate copy of a "Blu-ray rip" on the 40-drive SSD array in a blistering fast 0.9 seconds. That's at least an 8GB file copy in under a second. We don't know about you but, load times be-gone!
Currently there's no indication on when this insane beast will be unleashed.