Now hiring for the fastest storage product on the planet (and known universe!)
thayne at plug.org
Thu Jul 3 15:02:59 MDT 2008
On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 14:44 -0600, Dave Smith wrote:
> >> I have several cards on my desk. They move 800 MB/s (think a full DVD
> >> every six seconds)
> A partner company of ours moves bits about 50% faster
That's awesome! Fast storage is definitely necessary to keep pace with
fast CPUs - usually storage has significantly lagged and CPUs end up
> than that and
> shoves them onto a RAIDed array of dozens of 2.5" drives in a real time
> I/O system.
Oh, now you're playing the RAID card? Hmmm, we do have a little machine
here with six cards that can move 4.2 GB/s. That's *random* access,
(sorry, couldn't resist)
> Pretty cool, but it takes a few rack U's of space, and uses
> a *lot* of power.
Yeah, there's definitely some trade-offs. I do know of a storage system
that's maybe a bit faster than the one we make, but it's only a bit
faster and it's several times the price.
> I've been wanting to develop something that can keep
> pace with them but in a smaller form factor. Maybe your tech is the way
> for me to go
Possibly. We certainly hope is a solution for most people.
> If you want to talk about serious bandwidth, come to the lab down the
> hall from me and see our gear that can move a DVD every 4 seconds, but
> it can move a few dozen in parallel, up to 19 DVD's per second on our
> biggest box.
Wow, now *that* is impressive. I might just call you for a field trip.
> Of course this gear doesn't store anything,
High-speed interconnect? Sounds like it should be hooked up to some
storage that has speed-parity.
> so it's not
> exactly apples-to-apples, but hey, it's fun to measure in terms of DVD's
> per second (DPS).
> "How fast is your hard drive?"
> "100 milliDPS"
Hail the new SI standard!
> P.S. We're hiring too :)
Good to see growth in the area - it keeps things strong and brings new
recruits. It's still a bit too small for the hiring pool when you know
many of the developers and people working for companies.
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