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

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.

  • mikenygmail
    Go AMD! :)
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  • slomo4sho
    Definitely impressive.
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  • kracker
    Indeed. Very impressive.
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  • ojas
    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
    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
    In case TITAN wasn't super enough.
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  • vertigo_2000
    Can I order one of these through newegg? Anyone know? Anyone?
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  • TheBigTroll
    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
    Who foots the bill for these things again?
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  • weierstrass
    What does it cost to run it for one day?
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