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Gordon Revs Up

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Gordon is SDSC's unique data-intensive supercomputer that uses flash-based memory. This demonstration, presented during SC11, shows an actual data run where the new system achieved an unprecedented sustained 35 million IOPS (input/output operations per second) - making it the most powerful supercomputer ever commissioned by the NSF for doing IO. IOPS is an important measure for data intensive computing, indicating the ability of a storage system to perform I/O operations on small transfer sizes of randomly organized data, common in database and data mining applications. Gordon also made its debut as the 48th fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the November 2011 Top500 list.

Video courtesy of InsideHPC
Additional credits: Rick Wagner and Ben Tolo (SDSC)
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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