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1 Terabyte/sec File Systems Enable Big Fast Data

Over at the new Cray Blog, VP of Storage Barry Bolding writes that Big Data at the company is synonymous with very fast data access. As evidenced by the Lustre-powered Terabyte/sec file system on Blue Waters, the time for Big Fast Data has come.

Success was achieved on Oct. 7, 2012 when Cray and NCSA measured 1.037 TB/sec of performance to a single Lustre filesystem and 1.137 TB/sec of simultaneously to all three Lustre filesystems. To put this achievement into mass media perspective, 1TB/sec is equivalent to downloading about 125 copies of Dead Space 3 per second, or about 250,000 songs through Spotify per second. This is a milestone for parallel filesystems, a milestone for Lustre, a milestone for Cray and a milestone for our customer at NCSA. Best of all this the technology is being put to good use by a cadre of National Science Foundation users in solving some of the most challenging scientific problems facing our world today.

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